Where the Night Comes Closest

by Betsy Struthers

This collection focuses on the link between landscape and language, place and identity. The poems extend this exploration through the themes of darkness, ignorance, loneliness, the familiar made strange and of how we deal with it in language as the images that haunt us are made tangible in words. Where the Night Comes Closest is divided into four movements…. In the Beginning, What Remains, Waking Up and Writing Down the Moon. It ends with a Coda in the form of a ghazal whose repetition of memory in all its forms sums up the four movements of the book.

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