Love, Despite the Ache

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By: Chris Pannell

October 2016
72 pages | ISBN 978-1-928088-15-8

From the winner of the Acorn-Plantos Award and the Hamilton Literary Award for Poetry comes a deeply felt collection that confronts love, loss and our own mortality.

In Love, Despite the Ache, Chris Pannell captures the sharp pain and complicated love that accompanies his parents’ approaching deaths, and then examines, with gentleness and humour, the passage of the grief and slow resumption of life that occurs once they are gone. In lines that are clear, honest and specific, he unpacks his family histories, examining morning breakfasts and seafaring uncles, wending his way through memories that “jostle like a pack of hungry cats.” In the end, he answers his mother’s heartbreaking question of, “Christopher, will you take me home?” as only a poet can.


"Pannell will read from latest book Feb. 2 in Cobourg" (Wally Keeler, Northumberland Today, 01/25/2017)
"The poems are a finely balanced dialogue between empathy and detachment. Death is shockingly extraordinary, yet banal, common. Although everyone is born with a life sentence, the endings are as variable as punctuation marks."

Putting Christmas Back Together After Mom and Dad Are Gone (Paul WIlson, The Hamilton Spectator, 12/20/2016)
"I read Pannell's new book and found his words deepy moving."


Click here to read the first few poems from Love, Despite the Ache

Other Titles by Chris Pannell

A Nervous City (2013)

Drive (2009)

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