By Jeffrey Galbraith

In Painstaker, Galbraith takes inventory of lifestyles, construction a listing of religion, remorse, shuttle, parenthood, and complication either actual and psychological. those poems reside in towns yet keep in mind the farm, with matters starting from fatherhood and equipment injuries to the uncertainties of religion. Galbraith calls on a few absentees who're deceased, divine, far-off, or too in detail identified, together with household, misplaced pals, and a lobster quickly to be dinner. because the identify indicates, Painstaker is aware that the act of being attentive to the main points is not any effortless activity, and but therein lies the reward.

"The elegantly parsed anecdotes, observations, and reminiscences comprising Painstaker happen a prepared and compelling wish to witness in the puzzlements of universal lifestyles a pulse of comfort, an arc of goal, the deep bass notes of desire and joy.
--Scott Cairns, writer of Slow Pilgrim: The accumulated Poems 

"There is constant nice authority within the writing of this publication, evidenced all through within the ability of the unfastened verse, so variously expressive and so real to the studies defined. The latter half the ebook is a chain of poems concerning the demise through calamitous illness of a pal, who, from early life like a brother, was once a fellow instructor, fellow poet, and side-by-side fellow man or woman. it's essentially the most notable such kinship sequences ever written; its depth of compassion and soreness comes now not from mere store-bought announcement, yet from the painstaking non-stop ability within the truth-telling of the lines."
--David Ferry, writer of Bewilderment: New Poems and Translations, winner of the nationwide e-book Award for Poetry

Jeffrey Galbraith is Assistant Professor of English at Wheaton collage, Illinois. He earned his doctorate in English Literature from Indiana collage, and his MA in inventive Writing from Boston collage. His poetry has seemed in Southern Humanities evaluation, Florida evaluation, RHINO, Yemassee, and the Cresset.

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