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Writing Loss in Bits and Pieces: An Interview with Eileen Vorbach Collins about Love in the Archives: a patchwork of true stories about suicide loss Interview by Diane Gottlieb To live is to experience loss. Whether it be the loss of a job, a dream, a marriage, a loved one, we will all find ourselves, at one point or another, in the throes of grief. But some losses loom larger than others. Losing a child is one such loss, one that Eileen Vorbach Collins was faced with when her 15- year-old daughter Lydia died by suicide a little over twenty…

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Review by Sharon Tracey   Lady Wing Shot, the third prize-winning poetry collection by Sara Moore Wagner, takes us deep inside the life and times of sharpshooter Annie Oakley, a woman whose fame and legend has outlived and somewhat eclipsed her. From the first poem, “Annie Oakley as a First God” (13), Wagner writes her into life in vivid poems that weave historical facts, myth-making, and personal history. The poet is a terrific storyteller as she writes about the poise and power of a sharpshooting girl from an earlier era who can still speak to our time and America’s worship…

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In “The Mother Artist,” Author Catherine Ricketts Imagines A World Shaped By Care Review by Kate Lewis   The central question in author Catherine Ricketts’ new work of non-fiction, The Mother Artist: Portraits of Ambition, Limitation, and Creativity, comes early on: “How might our world be humanized by work—art work, any work— made through a mother’s eyes?” (11) For Ricketts, the transformational experience of mothering – the tending to vulnerable bodies, the creation of communities, the constant giving of care – has the potential to shape not only art, but through art, it has the power to change the world.…

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Review by Claire Raymond Franco-American poet Jeri Theriault’s Self-Portrait as Homestead envisions the marks that our histories leave on our bodies and on the houses that hold our bodies as we pass through them, bringing together domestic space and identity in elegant, if at times emotionally painful, poems. Although the revelations of the book can be intimate, bringing us into tender family and personal histories, the tone is notably restrained. The poems keep a kind of sacred distance from their subject matter, granting the reader a clear and luminous space to encounter the poet’s words. The poems’ structures are…

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Review by Celia Jeffries The phone that doesn’t ring in this memoir is the one that should be connecting Lara Lillibridge to her father. The father who moved to Alaska when she was four, forcing her to chase after him, “flying a quarter of the way around the world to tug at the hem of his jacket, beg him to look at me.” (13) Subtitled “Essays on Yearning”, Lillibridge explores the edges of responsibility and self-preservation in a mosaic pattern, adjoining long-form essays with searing vignettes from the life she lived in response to his abandonment, intersecting poetry, braided…

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Review by Melissa Ridley Elmes Sherre Vernon’s work has appeared in over 100 venues including The Chestnut Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and Westchester Review. Following her 2006 hybrid postmodern novella Green Ink Wings, which was the winning manuscript of the 2005 Elixir Press Chapbook Competition, and 2007 chapbook The Name is Perilous, this first full-length collection, Flame Nebula, Bright Nova, is centered on the journey from childhood to motherhood, tackling the topics of emotional trauma and mother-daughter relationships. Organized into four sections (“Flame Nebula,” “What Is Flammable,” “Gravity,” and “Bright Nova”), the collection’s 45 poems range in form from…

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Please Join Us! MER 22 Ages/Stages Launch Reading Sunday June 9th, 6 PM EDT Register here: https://bit.ly/MER22LaunchReading   Hosted by Cindy Veach, Jenn Martelli, and Marjorie Tesser Readers Allison Blevins, Barbara Henning, Cheliss Thayer, Christine Jones, Emma Gomis, Hannah Baker Saltmarsh, Heather Sweeney, Heidi Seaborn, Hilary King, Jessie Wittman, Juan Pablo Mobili, Kali Lightfoot, Karla Daly, Katy E. Ellis, Laurel Benjamin, Lois Roma-Deeley, Lydia Gwyn, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, Megan Merchant, Meghan Miraglia, Natalie Solmer, Paulette Guerin, Rebecca Tiger, Robin Dellabough, Sally Rosen Kindred, Sarah Browning, Susan Michele Coronel, Tina Barry

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New fiction, both novels and short stories, memoir, and poetry. Eileen Vorbach Collins, Love in the Archives, Apprentice House 11/23, nonfiction (suicide). Eileen Vorbach Collins’s Love in the Archives, a Patchwork of True Stories About Suicide Loss, is a collection of linked narrative essays weaving themes of child loss, suicide, interfaith marriage and the natural world. Many of the essays have been previously published. Two were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The book has received a Pencraft Best Book Award, and is a finalist for the Story Circle Network’s Sarton Award and a Forward Indies Award. “In prose as clear…

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Julie Cyr Leda in the Gulf after the painting by Adam Miller When Deepwater Horizon exploded, Leda’s baby latched on as the waves became slick, the film refracting light into a false rainbow. Leda sat naked on a rock while the swan died, oil cleaving to feathers as pollen clings in spring. The arrogance of looking for the love of your life, adrift. Leda looks in the smallest places – the shell of a hermit crab or under a pebble, the vast places taken up by spillage and underwater plumes. Leda sat and nursed her baby until her milk…

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MER Open for Submissions for MER Vol. 23 Print Journal and MER Online Quarterly MER – Mom Egg Review is open for submissions. 4/24 – 5/1 Free Early Bird Submissions (until we reach our Submittable limit) 4/24 – 7/15 Regular Submissions ($3) Submit 3 poems or up to 1000 words of fiction or nonfiction. This is an un-themed issue, so any work focused on some aspect of motherhood, mothering, or mothers is welcome. View our guidelines and submit here: https://themomegg.submittable.com/submit We can’t wait to read your best work!

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