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The Lioness Awakens: Poems by Lauren Eden
Published: November 2018 – Castle Point Books
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The Lioness Awakens is an illustrated work of short poems with a bite. Lauren Eden writes provocative poetry about love, sexuality, heartbreak, and feminism, combined in a creative expression of female empowerment and confidence.
About the author:
Lauren Eden is a writer from Melbourne, Australia, who began her writing career posting her daily musings on life and love on her popular Instagram account @ofyesteryear
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About HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY AIR
Vulnerable, beautiful and ultimately life-affirming, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s work reaches new heights in her revelatory seventh collection of poetry. Continuing in her tradition of engaging autobiographical work, How to Love the Empty Air explores what happens when the impossible becomes real―for better and for worse. Aptowicz’s journey to find happiness and home in her ever-shifting world sees her struggling in cities throughout America. When her luck changes―in love and in life―she can’t help but “tell the sun / tell the fields / tell the huge Texas sky…. / tell myself again and again until I believe it.” However, the upward trajectory of this new life is rocked by the sudden death of the poet’s mother. In the year that follows, Aptowicz battles the silencing power of grief with intimate poems burnished by loss and a hard-won humor, capturing the dance that all newly grieving must do between everyday living and the desire “to elope with this grief, / who is not your enemy, / this grief who maybe now is your best friend. / This grief, who is your husband, / the thing you curl into every night, / falling asleep in its arms…” As in her award-winning The Year of No Mistakes, Aptowicz counts her losses and her blessings, knowing how despite it all, life “ripples boundless, like electricity, like joy / like… laughter, irresistible and bright, / an impossible thing to contain.”Buylinks:
A poem from HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY AIR
gentle of things. O, Laughter, Grief sees
itself as a knife, carving out what needs
to be seen. See yourself as an ice skater,
the knives on your feet. Sometimes the pain
bursts out of me like a flock of starlings.
My throat releases everything but you.
Laughter, be the slyest magician. Make me
think it’s easy work: this levitation.
I’ll willingly step into the box, if you’d just
cut me in half, spin my parts around,
then make me whole again.
Praise for HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY AIR
“Grief is one of the most impossible things to put words to…Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz does the impossible.”
—Sarah Kay, author of No Matter the Wreckage
“Aptowicz is something of a legend in NYC’s slam poetry scene. She is lively thoughtful, and approachable, looking to engage the audience with her work and deeply committed to the community that art and slam poetry can create.”
—Jo Reed, NEA
—Hanif Abdurraqib, author of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us
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