Accomplished travel essayist Carrie Visintainer has redefined motherhood for herself by equally embracing her desires for wanderlust and domesticity. In her memoir, Visintainer provides a moving, uninhibited recollection of her first six years as a mother.
Lois Marie Harrod
With epistolary poems written to her two young children and an array of formal enterprise (from ghazal to prose), these poems of joy and sorrow, exploration and discovery, deserve a wide readership in both English and Italian so that they can accompany us “like a compass into the far night,” come una bussola lontano nella notte.
Randon Billings Noble
After her son, an Iraq War veteran who worked as a de-mining contractor, takes his own life, writer Janet Burroway turns to her craft to process her grief and reflect on the circumstances that shaped his life and death.
Michelle Herman devotes much of this collection to describing her evolving bond with her daughter, but at the core of each essay is a sustained engagement with music—with listening, with singing, with being moved by sound. Herman tells us, “We experience music inside our bones.”
Other reviews have mentioned a Gatsby-esque quality to Wonders, citing certain Roaring Twenties-style parties and a gangster figure not unlike Meyer Wolfsheim. I recognized these as well, but the similarities and satisfactions of Julianna Baggott’s novel go deeper than that. At times, it offered a parallel story of lifelong love and loss that was grittier, more nuanced, more carnal, and, to this reader, perhaps more moving, or at least, moving in a different way.
So often in motherhood we are faced with mysteries so much larger than our capacity to understand, and yet we try to explain these mysteries to our children as best we can. In three recent collections, three poets also wrestle with and guess at the unknowable in powerful and provocative ways: asking questions, seeking answers, and remaining speculative along the way.
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