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In a spring of floods, a son returns to rural Arkansas to help care for his dying father. A difficult and beautiful book about a father's death from cancer, Ark is also a book about family, about old wounds and new rituals, about the extraordinary importance of ordinary things at the end of life, about the gifts of healing to be found in the care of the dying. At once a memoir in verse about hospice care and a son's book-length lament for his father, Ark is a book about the things that can be fixed, and those that can't. Ed Madden is the Poet Laureate of Columbia, South Carolina. This book features cover art from Arkansas-born artist Carroll Cloar.