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Signed copies available through my website: www.michalmahgerefteh.com Here is the review from the back cover, introduction by the author, and one sample poem: www.michalmahgerefteh Michal Mahgerefteh's second edition of her 2011 chapbook What's Left Behind is a further attempt to deal with the grief of losing her mother. The grieving process grew more intense with every con Signed copies available through my website: www.michalmahgerefteh.com Here is the review from the back cover, introduction by the author, and one sample poem: www.michalmahgerefteh Michal Mahgerefteh's second edition of her 2011 chapbook What's Left Behind is a further attempt to deal with the grief of losing her mother. The grieving process grew more intense with every conversation she had with her father, who supported and cared for her mother for twenty-five years. The affects of this spirit-challenging period seep through every poem: "For twenty-five years Mother’s lips/ kneaded words with a pinch of salt./ Her beautiful green eyes, now colorless." In A Sign of Grief the reader follows the emotional, spiritual, and physical turmoil of both the poet and her father during the time from birth to deathbed, and all that transpired in the intervening time. The burden is unbearable and in the end the poet resorts, reluctantly, to “all I want is to flee from your dark days/ that sealed My Book of Life/ until the hurt no longer/ bears your name”(No More Hurt). Michal Mahgerefteh’s new edition is replete with remarkable sincerity, profound sensitivity, and unconditional love. Its universal message will touch every soul. Dr. Dina Ripsman Eylon Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal Introduction Mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only forty-one years old. For over twenty-five years, Father supported and cared for Mother throughout her treatments and surgeries, sometimes with anger and frustration, until her passing in 2010. As her health deteriorated over the years, he was there / in years of silent layers. Toward the end of her life, Father often showed weariness, being emotionally and physically exhausted, as he himself was diagnosed with cancer and diabetes. But for him, there was no one to take the pain away. In this collection, I reflect on Mother’s last days and give Father’s poignant struggle a voice. —Michal Mahgerefteh Father, The Caregiver Mother settles into a routine of chemo treatments. Rounds of blames and accusations always directed at Father; her twenty-five-year caregiver struggling for a little piece of dignity. He learned to pretend-- fake smiles, encouraging charm, a hiss of touch. Not valued by Family as a vital source of inspiration, Father withdrew into deep thoughts, mentally blocking peoples’ intentions as misleading. He learned to curse, attaching hateful nick names to people he once loved. Madness hidden in Father’s delusions. The forgotten.


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Signed copies available through my website: www.michalmahgerefteh.com Here is the review from the back cover, introduction by the author, and one sample poem: www.michalmahgerefteh Michal Mahgerefteh's second edition of her 2011 chapbook What's Left Behind is a further attempt to deal with the grief of losing her mother. The grieving process grew more intense with every con Signed copies available through my website: www.michalmahgerefteh.com Here is the review from the back cover, introduction by the author, and one sample poem: www.michalmahgerefteh Michal Mahgerefteh's second edition of her 2011 chapbook What's Left Behind is a further attempt to deal with the grief of losing her mother. The grieving process grew more intense with every conversation she had with her father, who supported and cared for her mother for twenty-five years. The affects of this spirit-challenging period seep through every poem: "For twenty-five years Mother’s lips/ kneaded words with a pinch of salt./ Her beautiful green eyes, now colorless." In A Sign of Grief the reader follows the emotional, spiritual, and physical turmoil of both the poet and her father during the time from birth to deathbed, and all that transpired in the intervening time. The burden is unbearable and in the end the poet resorts, reluctantly, to “all I want is to flee from your dark days/ that sealed My Book of Life/ until the hurt no longer/ bears your name”(No More Hurt). Michal Mahgerefteh’s new edition is replete with remarkable sincerity, profound sensitivity, and unconditional love. Its universal message will touch every soul. Dr. Dina Ripsman Eylon Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal Introduction Mother was first diagnosed with breast cancer when she was only forty-one years old. For over twenty-five years, Father supported and cared for Mother throughout her treatments and surgeries, sometimes with anger and frustration, until her passing in 2010. As her health deteriorated over the years, he was there / in years of silent layers. Toward the end of her life, Father often showed weariness, being emotionally and physically exhausted, as he himself was diagnosed with cancer and diabetes. But for him, there was no one to take the pain away. In this collection, I reflect on Mother’s last days and give Father’s poignant struggle a voice. —Michal Mahgerefteh Father, The Caregiver Mother settles into a routine of chemo treatments. Rounds of blames and accusations always directed at Father; her twenty-five-year caregiver struggling for a little piece of dignity. He learned to pretend-- fake smiles, encouraging charm, a hiss of touch. Not valued by Family as a vital source of inspiration, Father withdrew into deep thoughts, mentally blocking peoples’ intentions as misleading. He learned to curse, attaching hateful nick names to people he once loved. Madness hidden in Father’s delusions. The forgotten.

46 review for What's Left Behind - Poetry Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    I won this collection of poems from a free giveaway at Goodreads.com and grew somewhat anxious waiting for it to arrive. The subject matter of the book hits fairly close to home for me. Whereas the author lost her mother while witnessing her father's struggle, my family went through a similar situation with the passing of my brother. So in a way, I was excited to read these poems and at the same time, I was dreading it. There is an intense level of raw emotion within the lines of each poem. Thoug I won this collection of poems from a free giveaway at Goodreads.com and grew somewhat anxious waiting for it to arrive. The subject matter of the book hits fairly close to home for me. Whereas the author lost her mother while witnessing her father's struggle, my family went through a similar situation with the passing of my brother. So in a way, I was excited to read these poems and at the same time, I was dreading it. There is an intense level of raw emotion within the lines of each poem. Though they vary in length, the power is still apparent to the reader. With honesty and real emotion, the author allows us, the readers, a glimpse into her grieving process without a thought to whether we find it messy or painful. It's an interesting blend of honoring her mother's memory and dealing with the stray threads of life that remain for her father and the author herself. I was quite taken with a few of the poems. They mirrored the emotions that I felt when watching my brother slip from this world into the next. In Things She Left Behind, the words paint the images vividly and without closing my eyes, I could picture the items that my parents packed to take home. Each item symbolizing something precious and sacred in an everyday kind of way to my brother as the items in the poem were to the author's mother. My heart grew heavy as I read By Her Resting Place. Everything I felt at my brother's graveside was summed up in these few lines. This collection of poems has the ability to reach into the reader and touch their soul with the longing and love carried by their words. Since nearly everyone experiences the loss of a loved one at some point in their lives, they will be able to feel the author's words, not just read them. I truly loved these poems. They say the things that we sometimes cannot. If you're looking for a deeply meaningful and loving collection, I would buy this in a heartbeat.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

    This book is a beautiful work of poetry. Each poem, although all revolving around the death of the author's mother after 25 years of battling cancer, is a stand-alone piece. Together, however, they almost seem like one long poem broken up by different moments in time. I found each poem to be wonderfully written, and able to pull on my emotions. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a reason to start reading poetry, or to anyone who just enjoys reading well-written poetry. I rec This book is a beautiful work of poetry. Each poem, although all revolving around the death of the author's mother after 25 years of battling cancer, is a stand-alone piece. Together, however, they almost seem like one long poem broken up by different moments in time. I found each poem to be wonderfully written, and able to pull on my emotions. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a reason to start reading poetry, or to anyone who just enjoys reading well-written poetry. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    ***I received this book through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway*** Such a beautiful and hauntingly sad book of poetry. I felt such empathy for this family. The writing was good and left me feeling lucky to not have been touched by so much suffering. My only complaint , if you can even call it that, was that I am a christian and not very knowledgeable on the subject of the Jewish religion and culture. This book is peppered with language from that religion. There is a small glossary of terms at the ***I received this book through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway*** Such a beautiful and hauntingly sad book of poetry. I felt such empathy for this family. The writing was good and left me feeling lucky to not have been touched by so much suffering. My only complaint , if you can even call it that, was that I am a christian and not very knowledgeable on the subject of the Jewish religion and culture. This book is peppered with language from that religion. There is a small glossary of terms at the end and that helped. I would recommend this book not just to poetry lovers but to anyone who has lost someone who meant the world to them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    *I received this book through GoodReads' First Reads* This concise book was able to tell an implacably poignant and heartwrenching story that is likely to hit very close to home for many readers. Mahgerefteh’s poems relate to all of the emotion pinnacles of death and dying including hope, desperation, aching, anticipation, despondency, reminiscence, and perseverance. Each poem feels so personal and heartfelt that you cannot help but be drawn into the author’s world. I’m very glad I had the chance *I received this book through GoodReads' First Reads* This concise book was able to tell an implacably poignant and heartwrenching story that is likely to hit very close to home for many readers. Mahgerefteh’s poems relate to all of the emotion pinnacles of death and dying including hope, desperation, aching, anticipation, despondency, reminiscence, and perseverance. Each poem feels so personal and heartfelt that you cannot help but be drawn into the author’s world. I’m very glad I had the chance to read this and have already promised to loan it to a friend!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shari Cohen

    Michal relives the deep emotions experienced throughout the years of her mother's illness in a heart-tugging manner. Distinctive memories surface. A touch, a simple glance at a once vibrant woman brings fear and sadness, knowing what is to come- yet feeling helpless to stop the inevitable. One of the last poems, Remembering My Own Way is uplifting. Recalling aromas in the kitchen and visions of her mother in a blue caftan on Shabbat, sweet memories are at last, a comfort. Michal relives the deep emotions experienced throughout the years of her mother's illness in a heart-tugging manner. Distinctive memories surface. A touch, a simple glance at a once vibrant woman brings fear and sadness, knowing what is to come- yet feeling helpless to stop the inevitable. One of the last poems, Remembering My Own Way is uplifting. Recalling aromas in the kitchen and visions of her mother in a blue caftan on Shabbat, sweet memories are at last, a comfort.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    A stunningly, sorrowful collection of deep emotion tied to complex relationships. The author illuminates her own life's journey to the point of her mother's death with a poignancy and beauty in the ugliest of circumstances. It holds you to the last word and dares you to savor it as you read it, again. Truly lovely. (Received a free copy) A stunningly, sorrowful collection of deep emotion tied to complex relationships. The author illuminates her own life's journey to the point of her mother's death with a poignancy and beauty in the ugliest of circumstances. It holds you to the last word and dares you to savor it as you read it, again. Truly lovely. (Received a free copy)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Addie LeMaster

    I got this in a giveaway here on GoodReads. I loved every word of it. I felt the pain, but it also helped me to release some of the pain I have pent up since my grandmother died of cancer when I was about 14 years old. It was a quick read, but worth every second.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Corbin

    Beautiful poetry. Heartfelt.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Felicia

    I really enjoyed the poetry in this book. To be able to write so honest and being able to relate to it was amazing. Would highly recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michal Mahgerefteh

    This collection, first edition, was entered into the 2011 Writer's Digest self-publish book awards and received **** for language by the judges. l thank all the judges for their review and strong feedback. Most of the poems in this collection received an award or previously published in print and eEditions. The second edition is now available for $5.00 per copy through my website: www.michalmahgerefteh.com This collection, first edition, was entered into the 2011 Writer's Digest self-publish book awards and received **** for language by the judges. l thank all the judges for their review and strong feedback. Most of the poems in this collection received an award or previously published in print and eEditions. The second edition is now available for $5.00 per copy through my website: www.michalmahgerefteh.com

  11. 4 out of 5

    Erika Dreifus

    I received a copy of this book, which I won through a Goodreads giveaway. It's a re-edition of a slim poetry chapbook, with the poems all focusing on the later illness and passing of the poet's mother. It is, in other words, a work of grief and mourning. The poet has included a glossary to help readers understand Jewish terms/customs referenced. I received a copy of this book, which I won through a Goodreads giveaway. It's a re-edition of a slim poetry chapbook, with the poems all focusing on the later illness and passing of the poet's mother. It is, in other words, a work of grief and mourning. The poet has included a glossary to help readers understand Jewish terms/customs referenced.

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    Natalie Mahgerefteh

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    Jill Edwards

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    George Larrabee

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    Kim

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