Review: What Loss Taught Me by Stephen Furlong

Published in the Green Hills Literary Lantern Summer 2019:

“Loss abounds in Stephen Furlong’s new book, What Loss Taught Me—particularly of parents (and, indirectly, of shelter) and self. The speaker’s father moves in and out of these poems like a sometimes ambivalent, sometimes malevolent ghost. For Furlong, the father here is missing and painful, a packed away rain jacket or a distant message passed down the paternal line. A mother, too, isn’t a mother; just ask the speaker of “When it Rains,” a poem about sexual abuse: “you said all the right words. / Maybe that’s why my mother made / us hug.””

Read the full review here.

See more about Furlong’s book at his publisher’s site here.

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