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Shake Her by Arielle Greenberg
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One cannot escape being touched by the poetic stories nested within this New England red-barn colored cover.

One is of Mother Ann Lee (1736-1784) leader of the Shakers who founded the faith, seemingly out of a dis for her difficult pregnancies and the traumatic loss of 8 children and a dis for sexual relationships.

One is of a child’s death during the time this story was being written.

One is of a difficult relationship with a mother.

One is of the caring choice of paper, of embossing, of hand stitching by Jen Hofer and Madeleine Zygaewicz.

One is of how fingertips rub against the grain, ridges meeting ridges.

One is in the footnotes and how they move from margin to center: “Bonnets of deep indigo and scarlet. Oval boxes of orange, red, yellow. Bright blue linen. Chairs woven with wool. Cloaks in red, cloaks in blue and black, cloaks in plum. Wide wooden floors painted the color of goldenrod, the color of sun.”

One is of how poetry shakes one awake and into altered states.
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