Whether she is writing about the loss of her breast, or the loss of a friend, about the pleasure of time with her grandchildren or the passion of making love to her husband, Susan Downe writes with a surety of voice that comes from looking at the world and words with a gracious honesty. These spare and graceful poems are love stories- even the title sequence, about Downes struggle with breast cancer, is a loving celebration of the beauty, the fullness, the irrefutable blessing of being alive.Little Horse has hitched itself to the inside of my skin, slip- knitted to my nipple: who would have guessed its umbilical genius -- it means to gallop far and fast and has tethered itself to a mothering place.These poems are full of feeling but not in the least sentimental.
They confront breast cancer and stare it down more lyrically than one would have imagined possible. This is a fine first book. --Maxine Kumin