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by Kika Dorsey
Kika Dorsey's Beside Herself explores the joy and ache of motherhood and mortality. She moves us through poems about family to more philosophical work that grapples with an emptiness reminiscent of the Buddhism that influences her, without sacrificing sensual detail. Her poetry embraces the feminine, the landscape of the Rockies, and the bodies we are destined to shed.
Paperback, 38 pages
Published 2010 by Flutter Press
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For me this book was read as a daily meditation; the poems within resonated to my own maternal stirrings while the attention on the natural world worked to draw me out of my body, out of mind, into the world outside my window. The poetry within addresses the domestic, the mundane, the banal, while it also addresses and deals with the dangers of being alive, of breaking the code, or living in the fringes. And in these fringes, there is also delight and appreciation for the dangerous, the daring, ...more