The Size of Our Bed by Jacqueline Derner Tchakalian
Following the arc of a woman's life, The Size of Our Bed begins with the title of its last poem, "Letter to a Dead Husband about the Size of Our Bed." The remaining poems traverse their past, the narrator's future.
Divided into sections from childhood and family, marriage, illness and death, recovery, acceptance and strength--contrasted with war--The Size of Our Bed offers poetry that is generous yet unflinching, personal, sometimes ironic and intense, yet resound with a reverence for both the joys and betrayals of life. These are poems of hard won wisdom and insight. They are emotionally introspective, even transformative.