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Cracked & Broken

by Sean Petrie

Cracked & Broken: poems of midlife

by Sean Petrie

An ode to the overlooked. A tribute to mediocre donuts. A lament on lost dreams. In Cracked & Broken, award-winning poet Sean Petrie celebrates the things we crack and break through, to make it to middle age.

Cracked & Broken is a tender mix of storms and sunrises, friendships and heartaches, laughter and loss and love—and a reminder that there is always another daybreak in the beautiful, mistake-filled journey of life.


Cover design Andrea Wofford & Shanna Gerlach

ISBN: 978-1961853003

“These poems crackle with the kind of joy-shine mined from well-lived days. I smiled and ached on every page. With pain-carved wisdom, a perfect vulnerable wit, and an eye for delicious details, Petrie sings us through long-loved pubs, rooftop sunrises, desert sandscapes, treasured heartache, and exquisite moments recognizing how very beautiful it is to be alive.”

Owen Egerton, author of Hollow (an NPR Best Book of the Year)