Jerry in the Bardo
Poems By Tsaurah Litzky
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars
Taken individually, each poem is
complete within itself, something readers will appreciate.
For example, the first one, titled My Father, immediately captures interest
from its very first line.
“My father is openhearted, wants
people to like him, is eager to please.
He talks about his prostate with
strangers in the supermarket
who seem to find it fascinating,
while I, standing beside him,
am turning green.”
Readers can relate to relationships
we have with our fathers. When we are little, most of us, especially daughters,
idolize our father, placing him high on a pedestal. As we grow up, he slowly
loses the footing from such a high place of honor as we gradual see and learn that
he is human. When he gets old, needing our care rather than caring for us, the
emotional reversal of places is unsettling.
What is especially excellent about
this collection of poems is the seamless, progressive connection from the first
to the last! Readers read each poem as if chapters of a story, one that is
compelling, and maintains the desire to know more, right until the well-done
conclusion. They will feel they actually know Jerry from the heartfelt
realistic approach the author uses in crafting the story in poems, and will
appreciate this collection as the work of art that it is.