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A Crooked Door Cut into the Sky

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A chapbook collection of poetry.

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“A Crooked Door Cut into the Sky is shot through with loss, with the ways our bodies fail us, and with what we can’t—or don’t say. The speakers are daughters, wives, not-mothers, and they occupy domestic spaces in which “nothing is missing.” Indeed, everything is present in Melissa Fite Johnson’s elegiac collection, even the empty spa
Paperback, First, 32 pages
Published January 25th 2018 by Paper Nautilus
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Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These poems take the reader on a journey of a father-daughter relationship, of a woman grappling with the choices she has made about love and motherhood, and about understanding the past in a new way given the passage of time, and with it, a change of light. Melissa's poems are always accessible and pack a punch. I've read her work in the past in many publications, but this is the first collection of hers I have been lucky enough to own. I am looking forward to the next. ...more
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Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection of poems is gorgeous and deceptive. The gorgeousness is self-evident and overflowing, both in the book's subject matter of parents and children and in the potency of its language, imagery, and storytelling. I say that it is deceptive because the tone of the majority of the poems is so effortlessly unpretentious and accessible that one is often not prepared for the keen intelligence of them, the sometimes brutal emotional honesty, and the emotional wallop that they pack. Melissa F ...more
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Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Fite Johnson's "A Crooked Door Cut into the Sky" is an open-doored look into the dichotomy of being a person who has opted not to have children but yearns mournfully and happily for the memories of their childhood. Through sixteen well-crafted poems, Johnson examines the self as situated within this dichotomy with subtlety and grace. Well worth the read for lovers of poetry and for people interested in the nuanced examination of childhood and parenthood. ...more
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Melissa Fite Johnson is the author of Green (forthcoming, Riot in Your Throat). She holds a BSEd in English and an MA in creative writing and literature from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. Her publications include Pleiades, SWWIM, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Stirring, Broadsided Press, Whale Road Review. Her first collection, While the Kettle’s On (Little Balkans Press, 2015), and her second, ...more

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