ABOUT THE BOOK
As I read this book over and over again, the tears welling in my eyes answered for me: yes, here is a life and a poetry that does matter . . .Hutner’s large-hearted work joins her not only with the greatest parent-elegists of lost sons—Ben Jonson, Ralph Waldo Emerson—but also with a poetics older even than Horace . . . Reading these poems, whose rhythms pound as hotly and audibly as the emaciated boy’s heart against his mother’s ear, whose memorable rhymes are like watermarks of tears on every page, we are returned to the purest, most elemental beginning of poetry. —Rafael Campo, Ph.D.