The Damages of Morning - Poems
The Damages of Morning: Poems (2019 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist)
Moonstone Press, 2018
2019 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist Poetry by J. C. Todd The Damages of Morning ("mourning"?) begins with "Reading with Students About Death Camps." The words let loose an outflow of tears. Memory is a char of newspapers, records, maps. The title poem asks, how does a family, how does a child or innocence itself survive war? In these epic, unflinching poems, Todd recreates a scene of violence to humanity and to the earth itself, where in an icy landscape a shard of ice must thaw into spit for someone to swallow all that is left, a paste of "ricey dust."