Cat hoarding. Panic attacks. Rigid perfectionism. Carson reconstructs, through a hybrid of received and invented poetic forms, the literal and metaphorical experience of the psychological homesickness that controlled her life until she confronted it in therapy, and thereby opened herself to making a true home with her second husband.
Foreword • Concussion • HOMELESS • How It Happened, Part 1 • Pieces of My Father, Prologue • Me and Mom, 1961 • Pieces of My Father 1 • Broken Doors • Pieces of My Father 2 • Herbie • Pieces of My Father 3 • The Ice Skates • Pieces of My Father 4 • My Fir