“if you want to avoid annihilation open your mouth and sing”
— Sharon Venezio At the intersection of poetry, medicine, and family is The Silence of Doorways, by Sharon Venezio, and it’s quite the spot to be. It was not until the final poem where I felt the title click—because that’s also the title of the last poem—but Sharon does a wonderful job introducing the book with a spot on quote from John Berger, “The camera relieves us of the burden of memory.”
It perfectly opens t
But I would call a skeleton by your name
if it could curl around me
— Chelsea Kurnick To read a poem dedicated to a brownie, in Ramadan, is unbearably beautiful, and so worth it, especially when its poetry by a local legend, in a book highlighting the magnificence of SoCal talent. Honestly it wasn’t just Ode to a Brownie, by Steve Ramirez, that I was drooling over, it was the entire Carving in Bone Anthology.
What a sense of pride it is to hold in my hand
Moon Tide Press is beyond thrilled to be publishing Alexandra Umlas's debut collection of poems, At the Table of the Unknown. This collection confirms that the possibility for poetry is everywhere. These poems are clear, open-eyed, and harvested from two decades of writing about everything from the echoing feeling of loss to the gritty strangeness of parenthood. Here, language is harnessed, sometimes by formal elements, and sometimes by its own energy, to explore what it mean