Longevity is a book-length narrative, a fictional prose poem told in fragments and in the heightened language of poetry, making it accessible to the general reader and the poetry aficionado alike. Longevity deals with the protagonist’s relationships with the women in her life and the deaths of those women: her mother, her best friend, her sister. Longevity is told in reverse, starting with the present and working back to the birth of the younger sister, which was the beginning, for the speaker, of both memory and loss.
Excerpt from “The Longevity of Bone”, from Longevity:
8. Where it says I, it means me. Where it says she, it means Margaret or Lucy or my poor mother. Where it says she, it means said. It means dead. Not that she was such a good guide, but I miss my mother.