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A Love Letter to Say There Is No Love

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Maria Williams-Russell's debut chapbook is a dark and sometimes surreal collection where domestic life is not only lonely but buzzes with potential harm. Disillusioned, the poems offer language and images of home, motherhood and romantic love that come out of a resigned duress and which include bees, bats, car accidents, war, and strangers knocking at the door. Even so, th ...more
Paperback, 30 pages
Published July 30th 2010 by FutureCycle Poetry
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Jen
Sep 06, 2014 Jen rated it liked it
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This is another chapbook I nabbed during one of Futurecycle Press's Saturday ebook giveaways. I'm more ambivalent about this one than about the last two I've reviewed. The first several poems were surreal to the point that they left me feeling ungrounded. Overall, the collection speaks of grief, a deep, violent grief. But that impression developed over the course of the 22 poems. By the end, I felt that I was better able to read each new poem I encountered. I'm not sure if that's because the ima ...more
Diane Kistner
Jul 27, 2014 Diane Kistner rated it it was amazing
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From the Chapbook



HOW WE LIVE

War sits across from me in the tub.
He has not said a word, but fountains
spit through his blurred teeth
and that incessant dark grinning
make it impossible to read.
I always retreat, place the damp page
between me and cracks in the porcelain.
Or slip beneath to listen for intruders in the pipes.
We are married many long years now.
He has seen me shiver and pace
and raise a knife against his camouflage.
Some days, it feels he might tire of me
and then I am even more a
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Maria Williams-Russell is a poet and college writing teacher from western Massachusetts. She is the author of A Love Letter to Say There Is No Love.
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