When All the World Is Old

When All the World Is Old


By John Rybicki

Lookout Books, Paperback, 9780984592265, 120pp.

Publication Date: May 30, 2012

At the age of 29, just five years after they met, John Rybicki's wife, the poet Julie Moulds, was diagnosed with cancer. Here, in poems raw and graceful, authentic and wise, Rybicki pays homage to the brave love they shared during her 16-year battle and praises the caregivers nurses and doctors and friends who helped them throughout. He invites readers to bear witness to not only the chemotherapy, the many remissions, and the bone marrow transplants, but also the adoption of the couple's son, the lifted prayers, the borrowed time, and the lovers' last touches. A husband smashes an ice-cream cone against his forehead to make his wife laugh. He awakens in the middle of the night to find their dog drowsing atop a pile of her remnant clothes.

The lamentations and celebrations of When All the World Is Old create a living testament to an endless love. Braided with intimate entries from Moulds's journal, these poems become the unflinching and lyric autobiography of a man hurtling himself hea

About the Author
John Rybicki lives in Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of two previous poetry collections, We Bed Down into Water and Traveling at High Speeds. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Ecotone, and Bomb, among many other publications, and have been reprinted in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Prize. He teaches poetry writing through Wings of Hope Hospice to children who have been through trauma or loss. When he is not teaching, he changes tires, paints houses, and does some carpentry.