November 14, 2022 7:53 AM EST

In the wake of a terminal cancer diagnosis, poet Jay Hopler pondered his own mortality with wit, searing insight, and a clear-eyed sense of courage in his third and final poetry collection, Still Life. Longlisted for a National Book Award and published just two months before his death in June, the collection is a bittersweet triumph. Hopler confronts his fears—big and small, real and imagined—in a magnificent demonstration of the strength of the heart. —Cady Lang

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