Requeening

Amanda Moore. Ecco, $16.99 trade paper (112p) ISBN 978-0-06-309628-8
Moore’s exquisite debut uses beekeeping and its attendant metaphors as a motif to explore childhood homes, marriage, and the birth of and raising of a child. Composed primarily of one to two-page free verse poems, the book also includes a dynamic set of haibuns (a Japanese form that joins a haiku and a prose poem) about her daughter’s girlhood, as “Morning Haibun with Tween”: “The girl can sleep now, hours and hours at a time—years since the last 2 am tiptoe down the hall to fold herself sweetly between us like a warm sheet.” Moore’s refusal to turn away from or sentimentalize hard moments is often leavened with humor, as the very titles of the poems suggest: “Labor as an Exotic Vacation” and “Postcard to My Left Axillary Lymph Nodes.” The final sentence of “Bad at Bees,” the four-page prose piece that closes the collection, provides an immediate retrospective focus: “I don’t really know what I’m doing most days. I just like to touch fear.” An homage to the power of matriarchy, Moore’s powerful collection will leave readers reflecting on the roles visible and invisible played by women. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 11/02/2021
Release date: 10/26/2021
Genre: Poetry
Ebook - 96 pages - 978-0-06-309629-5
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