Poem: Good Deeds

Poem: Good Deeds

The New York Times-Books·2020-10-22 09:00

Rachel Eliza Griffiths’s profoundly moving “Seeing the Body” is a journey of deepest attention and care. A collection dedicated to her mother, risen from infinite tenderness examining her mother’s life and death, these poems remind us again how impossible certain departures or absences feel. There is always more to know. Comfort comes through closest attention. Gone ones are still here in every relic of memory, every changed thought. “The world insists…” but what do we do with the “everything else” that remains? Some portion of us departs with our beloved ones, but more of us continues to contain them.


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