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Boys of My Youth
Rebecca Okrent

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2015 • 76

pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - Women Authors

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-60-4

“Okrent’s voice is intelligent and perceptive . . . This is a deeply felt book.”—Linda Pastan

Meditations on nature cohabit with explorations of family entanglements giving insight, empathy, and wit to our experiences

Rebecca Okrent rescues significance from the ordinary accumulation of days and losses that mark the passage of time, recapturing the reverence felt in childhood when everything held meaning. The poems emerge from moments when nature and experience insist: “I have something to tell you.”

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Whether writing as a mother, daughter, or wife, Rebecca Okrent is an intelligent, sensible poet. . . .”—Henri Cole

“. . . the reader closes [The Boys of My Youth] renewed and affirmed by the power of her art.”—John Skoyles

“. . . American poetry is richer for this book.”—Peter Campion

From the Book:

“After Ice, Everything Else”

Because I've drowned the phantom sharks and real leeches,
accept that snakes slide beneath me,
and that the snapping turtle earns his place,
I can share with my daughter my knack for floating.
Once a piece of ice, shaped as this pond is, broke away,
its borders shored by the glacier's relinquished debris as it ebbed.
Honeysuckle grows here now, pines, scrub oak, whatever look
after forests were axed to build Boston.
We drift on our backs our arms outstretched, hands
cupped by water, palms cupping the sky. The water
responds to our breathing, lifts us then pulls us back.
To the east the ocean proclaims and surrenders.

REBECCA OKRENT graduated from Bennington College, worked in publishing in New York, and later as a landscape designer, graphic artist, food columnist, and editor of an online magazine. She and her husband, writer/editor Daniel Okrent, live in New York and Cape Cod.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:33:16 -0500