• Image of HOW ABSENCE | Rachel Moritz
  • Image of HOW ABSENCE | Rachel Moritz
  • Image of HOW ABSENCE | Rachel Moritz

The poems in How Absence, like shards of pale pottery from an archaeological dig, tell us about what time does to human beings: all we are, all we make and do, and how it falls into dust. But Moritz, in the face of time, offers us not despair but the mercy of genetics and the terrible beauty of the fine line between the born and the dying.

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Sarah Vap writes that "Rachel Moritz’s How Absence is a stunning collection that lurches with open arms, seemingly in slow motion, seemingly quietly, and seemingly with a surfeit of pause, pause, pause—toward her infant son’s creation, and toward her own mind’s creations. The language here, like the infant’s making, like everything that’s invisible, (like absence), becomes the immensely weighty presence: 'Something transparent, we know/ still contains.'"

24 pp.
21 x 12.5 cm
French flaps
Green endpapers
Hand-bound in Belgium by MIEL
Edition of 120
Inners printed in Ghent, Belgium, by Alfabet Drukkerij
Cover printed in Belgium by MIEL

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