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South of Here

South of Here

"Lydia Melvin writes with the wildness that only truth knows-without fear-poetry that digs and digs hard into everything that ever was. Here, words have a way of exploding to discover new territories about childhood and adolescence. This is because Lydia knows that a poem is not a poem unless it discovers the poet's inside, unless it discovers the possibilities inside itself, something that this book does over and over. In these poems, history stands at a cross-limb, where Lydia tells us that 'my mother enters the world on an eggshell-white / kitchen floor' and where 'the earth pauses / to take notice, decides finally it will love my mother / two-and-a-half minutes more than the rest of the world.' For Lydia, poetry is about everything-love, family, hate, the forbidden-everything. This book gives a new voice to poetry with the wildness of fire, with the wildness that only words can know." -Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

"In this work there is desire and a relentless persistence to right what's wrong, to demand responsibility for injustices small and large. Lydia Melvin describes a world where experience is ephemeral but its effects everlasting, where 'what weighs / the heart down resides there'; a place where imperfections are plentiful and one person's fear is potentially all of ours. This work takes on our hardest issues with the utmost honesty; the poems themselves feel lived in and through. This book is brave and truly necessary." -Jennifer Firestone

Stock number:978-1-930974-57-9 Price:$14.00

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