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Tom Roby's poetry has been published in numerous journals.
This book was written in memory of his wife, Mary Roby.
Mary Roby was a Sister of Mercy, teacher, and administrator at St. Xavier University.
After leaving the Sisters of Mercy, she obtained her doctorate and returned to
St. Xavier as a professor of Religious Studies. She and Tom were married in 1976.
She died of ovarian cancer in July of 2003. Some of the poems in Griever's Circuit
were written before her final illness and death, some after. This is a personal,
revealing tribute to a woman from the man who truely and dearly loved her,
and always will.
Praise for Griever's Circuit
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These poems of grief and remembrance take the reader into
the heart of the experience.
They remind us why poetry is good for the soul.
Poet, Book Reviewer, and Editor
Journal of Poetry Therapy
As intricate, complex,
and moving as any I have read in many years, each poem
is delicately wrought as a talisman designed to invoke the complex,
incomprehensible ritual of rebirth. And yet each is woven into those that precede
and follow it. The drying leaves of autumn become the individual brilliant
flashes of multi-colored flowers framed by our parks and institutions, which
are themselves wrapped around the wrought-iron sculptures of Chicago's muses.
Humor and despair and hope are all intermingled here in the tapestry of our lives.
Author of Lake Michigan and
Walking the Perimeter of the Plate Glass Window Factory
Tom Roby's Griever's Circuit takes us into the intimate space of married love and the seemingly
bottomless abyss of its loss. Having plumbed the depths of
grief with the writer, we are graced with the faint stirrings
of recovery. The poet tells his beloved confidant. "I've been conversing
with you, listening to you in me." We are listening
in, and what we hear is heart-wrenchingly beautiful.
Author of Ancestors in rhe Landscape and
A Fine Line
By Tom Roby
Chapbook, 28 pages, Published by Fractal Edge Press
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 2004
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