EVERETT ANDERSON'S GOODBYE by Lucille Clifton

EVERETT ANDERSON'S GOODBYE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Yes, Everett Anderson's reconciliation to his father's death is also, we're told, the end of the series--but it's not an auspicious close. Five brief poetic passages illustrate the ""five stages of grief"" (listed at the outset); supposedly, Everett Anderson passes through them at the turn of a page. Thus, Number 2, Anger: "" 'I don't love Baby Evelyn/and I don't love Mr. Perry, too,/and I don't love Christmas or/Santa Claus/and I don't love candy/and I don't love you!'//'Well, Everett,' his mama sighs,/'who do you love?'//And he cries and cries."" Overleaf comes Bargaining: ""I promise to learn my nine times nine. . . ."" This is turning a life-process into an attenuated script; and however valid the exemplification of each stage, there is no living fabric here, just grieving words and pictures of grief.

Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 1983
ISBN: 0805008004
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston