4 thoughts on “Once I Gazed at You in Wonder

  1. At once conversational and confessional, these poems read as glimpses into the fractured life of the poet. A sense of intrusion builds within the reader as poems about sex, deceased mothers and divorce read like dialogue from a script or diary. As the reader progresses through this selection, there is a realization that we are not reading and understanding events in Jan H. Levi’s life as much as we are learning how she copes with the changes and pressures of life. Not once does she imply the nee

  2. I’ve been wanting to read this book since 1999, when my mother clipped “My Father Calls Me Every Sunday Morning” out of the Washington Post for me. I think I still have the clipping in one of my many folders. Finding my way back to Once I Gazed at You in Wonder after so many years is strangely fulfilling.

    I was not expecting to feel so overwhelmed by Levi’s meditations on death – specifically the loss of her mother. I admire the power and originality of pieces like “If We Could Speak of Death, W

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