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Blessing the Boats - From The Terrible Stories (1996), "heaven" Summary & Analysis

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From The Terrible Stories (1996), "heaven" Summary

This poem imagines the poet's brother, long since deceased, sitting with a group of "cloudy" friends in heaven. The poet says she has always been able to feel him there, looking down at her. When the brother is alive, the poet tries to explain heaven to the boy, and he just laughs. He laughs again now, in heaven, and tells his friends about his sister. He says, "even when she was right, she was wrong."

From The Terrible Stories (1996), "heaven" Analysis

This poem is a sweet imagining, an amalgam of spiritual experience and memories of a brother lost to death. The poet has tried to explain the afterlife to the boy while he is still alive, but it makes no sense to him. He just laughs. Now he has been in...

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