In orbit *Shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year*

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On receiving news of a beloved teacher’s death, a man struggles with the loss of a relationship sustained by deep admiration. Memories of their shared trajectory are separated in three orbits where the man’s past, present, and future seem to be punctuated by the same intense grief.

Narrated by the man through his grieving process, In Orbit uses a variety of innovative forms to explore loss, from traditional stanzas to prose poems to shaped poems in the form of birds, circuits, or hands. The narrative shifts in time, moving from his teen years to the present day when he himself has become a teacher. This book does not ignore that teaching is hard work, and in grieving over the death of his own mentor, the narrator finds himself rudderless.

The book not only grieves the loss of the teacher, but also toxic standards for boys and men. In Orbit demands that young people to be given space to explore their feelings without judgement, to be free to love others, and to love themselves. Beyond human communities, however, sustenance is found in the moon, the stars, the sky, and nature. The discovery of a badger’s track or the treasure of a bird egg reminds us how small our trajectories are in the context of the more-than-human: an answer perhaps to the grieving process.

Ultimately, In Orbit is a deeply moving account of losing a person you love, but not shying away from remembering them. A sustained narrative of love, loss, and longing.

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On receiving news of a beloved teacher’s death, a man struggles with the loss of a relationship sustained by deep admiration. Memories of their shared trajectory are separated in three orbits where the man’s past, present, and future seem to be punctuated by the same intense grief.

Narrated by the man through his grieving process, In Orbit uses a variety of innovative forms to explore loss, from traditional stanzas to prose poems to shaped poems in the form of birds, circuits, or hands. The narrative shifts in time, moving from his teen years to the present day when he himself has become a teacher. This book does not ignore that teaching is hard work, and in grieving over the death of his own mentor, the narrator finds himself rudderless.

The book not only grieves the loss of the teacher, but also toxic standards for boys and men. In Orbit demands that young people to be given space to explore their feelings without judgement, to be free to love others, and to love themselves. Beyond human communities, however, sustenance is found in the moon, the stars, the sky, and nature. The discovery of a badger’s track or the treasure of a bird egg reminds us how small our trajectories are in the context of the more-than-human: an answer perhaps to the grieving process.

Ultimately, In Orbit is a deeply moving account of losing a person you love, but not shying away from remembering them. A sustained narrative of love, loss, and longing.

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Weight 0.116 kg
Dimensions 21.6 × 21.5 × 1.2 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Paperback

Pages

70

Language

English

Dewey

821.92 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K