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To read this chapbook by Larina Warnock is to walk in the shoes of a poet who has worked sincerely to understand the personality, the life, and the decisions made by her father. More than just personal reflection, the work speaks with insight from the perspective of someone who has devoted her life to helping others even when the support of those closest to her wasn't entirely there. It is all the more remarkable, then, to read such powerfully candid and open writing that somehow is in the same moment as reflective as it is expressive. Though several of the pieces were written during the time they occurred, the majority were written after Larina's father, Kurt, had died. During his life, Kurt suffered from bouts of depression and alcoholic breaks. In 2007, Larina brought him to live with her in Oregon. In June of 2009, Kurt became ill and was soon diagnosed with lung cancer. He died October 2, 2009. While reading this chapbook you will been taken on a journey into the lightness and darkness of love. And through the gift of the author's openness, we are given a chance to reflect on our own personal relationships and perhaps with the same honest clarity come to our own deeper answers. When form and meaning come together in poetry, in the genius of a six-stringed prose piece or in the carefully crafted tones of each line, the timbre of the instrument that is the author's voice is something that inspires the heart to listen even more deeply to the moments of life. To those of you who know Larina, whether as a family member or friend, a mentor or someone she has helped to grow, note the respect with which she has treated the subject of this body of work, her father and her relationship with him. There is no judgment here, nor are there accusations or blame, simply, there is a search for understanding. A search shared in vulnerability that I hope will resonate in the hearts of all who read. O.P.W. Fredericks, Editor
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