Still Life with Timex chronicles a mother’s loss. These poems explore the unsightly aspects of grief and the survivor’s guilt of outliving a child. In the hospital with her son, the speaker directs her bitterness toward institutions and faith that do not do enough. Within this collection there are discoveries of life in its decay and remembrance. Blame indicts everyone—most especially the speaker herself, as she struggles to cope with shame as enduring as loss.
Elisabeth Murawski received the 2010 May Swenson Poetry Award for her collection Zorba’s Daughter, published by the Utah State University Press. She is the author of Heiress, Moon and Mercury, and two chapbooks, Troubled by an Angel and Out-patients. Her poetry has appeared in The Yale Review, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, FIELD among others. A native of Chicago, she currently lives in Alexandria, VA.