This haunting poetry collection has six chapters entitled The Plot Fails; You Cannot Grieve; So Now What We Are; Leo; The Smoke Grass; and Memoir – all reflecting Nora Krouk’s own emotional journey.
As a Jewish person brought up in northern China with strong Russian influences, the author is understandably concerned with the Russian persecution of Jews. Her poems reflect the broader issues but come back again and again to her own family tragedies with a haunting sensitivity. Her poems have an easy narrative style taking us deep into her world and under her skin.
Paperback, Interactive Press, 2004