Various Modes of Departure

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As the title portends, the poems in this debut collection are mostly about the many good-byes said in any given life - to a marriage, a familiar home in a long-beloved locale, an elderly father, a threatened landscape - and despite varied subjects and lighter emotions conveyed at times, there is a seriousness in the poems that permits self-reflection. Memories and imagined fears or familial changes are fleshed out through geography, current and culturally-relevant happenings, brands, and expert knowledge of earth science and botany in poems that are at all times highly sensory and delightful.