Seize, Brian Komei Dempster's follow-up to Topaz, spares no one the highs and lows of fatherhood. The speaker struggles to care for his young and ailing child -- a child whose many medical problems create an obstacle course of moral and emotional dilemmas. How does a father come to terms with the large and unknowable mysteries of a child who cannot communicate in a "normative" way? How does a parent -- especially one who is dependent on language -- guide a child without the use of speech? And how does one become the parent of another when their own uncertainties, their own wounds -- intergenerationally from war, from strained race relations, from constantly being denied a place to belong -- are still healing?