Commonplaces

Rebecca Ann Spears

Abstract


These six poems, "Commonplaces," "Still Life, with Questions," "Daddy-o," "Notes on Extremities," "On Her Way," and "Before, Childless and Wanting," focus on issues of concern to care-takers and relatives of those who are ill, infertile, aging, or dying.

"Commonplaces" views the mortality/immortality of our physical bodies, considering the law of conservation of mass. 

"Still Life, with Questions" addresses the loss of love and the mortality of an "ex."

"Daddy-o," written for Father's Day, considers my father's loss of eyesight (through glaucoma and cateracts).

"Notes on Extremities" is a response to a loved one's death from multiple sclerosis.

"On Her Way" affirms a dying mother, and how we say good-bye. The daughter "provisions" the mother for her journey.

The setting of "Before, Childless and Wanting" is a long train ride. The observer, who is childless, watches a child "on the loose," wandering the aisle, while the mother reads and then falls asleep. This poem employs longing, discovery, and surprise. 


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We wish to acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Munk School of Global Affairs, and Mount Sinai Hospital.

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