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“Winner of Posner Poetry Award”

In these forthright poems Laurel Mills sings memorably of a mother’s love for her developmentally disabled daughter.  From birth, when it becomes clear that ‘a different child is here,’ through young adulthood, Mills gives us a portrait of her daughter Beth in all her humanity—her determination, pride, anger, violence, and (wonderfully) her humor.
David Graham, author of David Graham: Greatest Hits 1975-2000 and Stutter Monk

Laurel Mills writes on a potentially sentimental subject, love for a developmentally disabled child. To her great credit, she succeeds brilliantly. She handles the subject forthrightly but with admirable tact, using metaphor and understatement at just the right times and allowing her sensitive observations of nature to convey much of the emotion indirectly.  In addition, she has an honest and interesting story to tell, from the moment of the daughter’s conception to the moment when the mother realizes that her daughter, now a young woman, has achieved an important measure of independence from her. The sequence of poems makes a compelling narrative, and I found it, unlike many contemporary collections of poems, impossible to put down for even a minute.
Knute Skinner, author of Concerned Attentionsand Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007

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