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Life with Sam
Elizabeth Hutner; Simeon Hutner, Photo.; Rafael Campo, fwd.

2002 • 59 pp. 6 x 9 1/2"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9707186-5-5

The collection is Liz Hutner’s powerful testament to her son, Sam, bravely battling leukemia. The quietly eloquent photographs by Hutner’s brother and Sam’s uncle, Simeon Hutner, beautifully enhance this portrait of intimacy and courage. The poems do not shy from the gritty details of the medical ordeal the mother faces with her son. But there are many glimpses of joy, too, often found in the ordinary moment of childhood, so few of which Sam is permitted to know.

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“As I read this book over and over again, the tears welling in my eyes answered for me: yes, here is a life and a poetry that does matter.” —Rafael Campo, M.D.

From the Book:

This wasn't what I expected at all.
I never knew I could love anyone so much.
I never believed my child could die before me.
I never thought we would send most of our time together in the hospital.
I didn't expect you to look at me with eternity in your eyes.
I didn't expect the light around us when I looked at you.

From “Spiritual Teacher”

Liz Hutner is a writer, scholar and musician living in Princeton, N.J., where she is completing her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Princeton University. Most recently, she has written short essays which have been published in A Real Life, a bimonthly magazine. Hutner graduated from Yale University, where she studied with Mark Strand and J. D. McClatchy, and she worked with Marvin Bell at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference. She holds an M.A. from Princeton.

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