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Laurel Blossom

Four Way
2015 • 72 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry - Women Authors

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-62-8

“. . . a lyrical book-long dream-meditation on trauma, transgression—and how, in desire and empathy, we fashion from loss the shapes that sustain us.”—Carol Muske-Dukes

Longevity is a book-length narrative prose poem that explores the nature of sisterhood through an unreliable narrator’s view

Longevity is a book-length narrative, a fictional prose poem told in fragments about the protagonist’s relationships with the women in her life and the deaths of those women: her mother, her best friend, her sister. Longevity is told in reverse, starting with the present and working back to the birth of the younger sister, which was the beginning, for the speaker, of both memory and loss.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“. . . Blossom’s long poem is buoyed by an elegant lyricism that is wrenching in its musicality . . .”—Gary Young

“Dreams are ways in which we can see what we sometimes don't want to see, where in some brief truce we might work out our human conditions. Blossom's book-length poem Longevity achieves such translation: bordering the longed-for and the ill-gotten, a speaker sorts out her survivorship: a sister, a mother, a dear one. This poem skirts 9/11, family and the degradation of the body in time and illness, as 'Memory catches on the sprockets of grief.' Elsewhere the poet declares 'Everything is elegy' as she hovers around the longitudes of place, of intersection, of what is outlived, as if our human fragments make up a solution."—Sophia Cabot Black

From the Book:


And the waitress said, girls, grits is like grace. You don't order it, it just comes.

Me and my sister Margaret.

Sun took us out of purple shade into yellow noon.

Gaggle of turquoise-breasted children waddling by.

Ocean flat as fresh-pressed cotton, palm trees quiet in the August heat,
pelicans I love and live with diving blue from sky to sea.

Far from the ground of my snowbound childhood.

My sister looks beautiful.

Orange shift shimmering in the sleeveless breeze.

Fashion, in its extreme ephemerality, escapes from Time almost as completely
as the eternal and the Absolute.

The present. The body. Its extreme ephemerality.

In my family we think everything to do with the body is in the mind.

In my family we think the mind is all that matters.

Meantine, the stock market went right back up again.

LAUREL BLOSSOM is also the author of, among others, Degrees of Latitude (Four Way Books), Wednesday: New and Selected Poems, and The Papers Said. She is the 2015 Poet Laureate of Edgefield, South Carolina, where she resides, and can be found online at

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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:25:08 -0500