(Chicago River dyed green. Photo by Pat Nabong, Chicago Sun Times).
Our currently featured books, “Lost Sierra,” by Amanda Traylor and “Musings,” by Don Tassone, can be found by scrolling down below this post, along with the Monthly Replay. Or, just click the author’s name on our Authors page.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, MARCH 14-20.
“SELLING THE FARM: DESCANTS FROM A RECOLLECTED PAST,” BY DEBRA DiBLASI.
Winner of the 2019 C&R Press Nonfiction Prize. Lyric Memoir. “The old house burnt to ash. Acres sold to strangers. So many dead…” Raised in a family of seven, in a small ramshackle farmhouse without plumbing, award-winning author Debra Di Blasi maps a candid and eloquent memoir of a Midwest childhood both land rich and dirt poor, both heaven and hell. Surrounded by creatures big and small, rolling fields and pastures, weedy lawn, deep woods and shimmering waters, she wrestles with the complexity of a crowded family shaped by place and doomed to tear itself apart. Selling the Farm explores the difficult intersection of grief and love, and the many contradictions in nature, life and death, and memory itself. Her lyrical recollections move from season to season with language visually and aurally shaped to reconsider the ways that we bear witness to any place and time—and to ourselves amid
“DARK BRAID,” BY DARA YEN ELERATH
Writes one reviewer: “Dark Braid, Dara Elerath’s first book of poems, leads the reader into parallel worlds where beauty exists alongside the grotesque; animals, flowers, and food sit alongside death. Like dripping jewels, each of Elerath’s poems is a glimmering collage of images clipped from anatomy and botany books, old Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales and from the pages of fashion magazines. Mythic, and yet grounded in the contemporary, these masterful poems are delightful: a surprising and exquisite poetry collection.”
“HIGH TIDE,” BY ED MEEK.
Writes Ed: “High Tide can refer to peak times but it can also refer to floods and climate change. Poetry gives us chance to slow down and meditate on what’s important using sound and metaphor to transport us.”