THE BOOK: A Burning Lake of Paper Suns
PUBLISHED IN: 2021
THE AUTHOR: Ellen Webre
THE EDITOR: Eric Morago
THE PUBLISHER: Moon Tide Press
SUMMARY: A Burning Lake of Paper Suns is a book of twisting love poems, scintillating through a heart bursting at its seams. With the decadence of stars and pomegranates, Ellen Webre’s poems illustrate the transfiguration of a girl to a monstress. Here she is ravenous, and tender for what desire haunts. Yearning alchemizes through the bones of this book, each page a siren song to lure readers into a blooming grave, where they may find themselves on the threshold of myth and miracle.
THE BACK STORY: This book is an exorcism, an honoring of the dead and living hopes that tracked my movements through love and heartbreak. There are five sections in the book, each a story arc of first love, true love, grief from its loss, healing, and the real love that comes with the right person. I started writing these poems to process and immortalize what I felt, hoping to express its magic through arabesques of language.
WHY THIS TITLE?: “A Burning Lake of Paper Suns” is a line from “Into My Arms,” a poem in the book that sings of an approaching paradise, a true love that was to come. I chose the line for the imagery it invoked, a glittering sea of splendor, the very fire of stars. It became a jumping off point in my collaboration with my friend Amanda Le in creating the cover, setting a stage of light for her to explore the heart of my writing.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? This book is for lovers and sensualists, for people who enjoy decadent language, and want to be enthralled by surreal imagery. I hope it reaches those who want to see grief made gentle, and hungers made ravenous.
“Ellen Webre’s work sinks the reader into a world full of decadence while she becomes a queen, a shepherd, a voyeur, a creature hiding in the woods. Her writing is savory, tart, and brimming with umami as she explores such relatable themes like everyday love, heartbreak, and selfhood. Like pomegranate syrup, A Burning Lake of Paper Suns bursts with a flavor and richness that lasts long after you’ve had your first taste.”
— Sheila J. Sadr, author of Birthday Girl
“There, I feasted on dandelions like ambrosia with only ghosts to witness what I longed for.” Never have I experienced the climax of all five of my senses at once like I do when sinking deep into A Burning Lake of Paper Suns. Ellen’s ability to capture taste, sound, touch, smell, and sight, all with the meticulous simplicity of such hauntingly magical words is nothing short of a miracle. The imagery in this collection impeccably calls every reader to excavate their heart by hand and rediscover themselves and what it means to love, to ache, and to live. If ever poetry transcended both the page and the universe, it’s through this book.”
— Dania Ayah Alkhouli, author of Contortionist Tongue
“Imagine one of those blooming teas, a bundle of leaves wrapped in flower petals, arranged to be observed unfurling as it infuses the hot water inside of a glass teapot. Ellen’s poems are like that, except the glass teapot is also a plague doctor mask, and that blooming tea plague doctor mask-pot is this book. Also the tea leaves were smoked over fires fueled by fossilized fae passions, after being harvested by albino ravens during a midnight eclipse following several weeks of unseasonal storms.”
– — Marc J. Cid, author of the forthcoming Your Funeral Sucked, by the Way
AUTHOR PROFILE: Ellen Webre is a biracial, first-generation Taiwanese-American poet, born in Hong Kong and raised in California. She attended the Creative Writing Conservatory of the Orange County High School of the Arts, and received a degree in screenwriting at Chapman University. She is currently acting as a social media marketing specialist and videographer for Moon Tide Press and Two Idiots Peddling Poetry. Ellen’s debut book, A Burning Lake of Paper Suns, was released in October 2021 with Moon Tide Press. Her poem “Metaphors for My Body in Midwinter” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2021. Ellen’s other poems have most recently been published in FreezeRay Press, Sh!t Men Say to Me: A Poetry Anthology in Response to Toxic Masculinity, DARK INK: A Horror Anthology, and Voicemail Poems.
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