Poetry: Motherhood & Myth in THIS BEING DONE by Stephanie L. Harper

Read Lily Blackburn’s insightful review of Stephanie L. Harper’s This Being Done.

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This Being Done by Stephanie L. Harper

What happens when we read time into everything? History, mythology, the aging of the earth, all in the span of a glimpse, a moment? In This Being Done, time echoes ancient. Thematically, I wondered if ideas for many of these poems were inspired by “How to Take An Amazing Photo of A Solar Eclipse,” being a witness to growth as a parent whose child is diagnosed with autism: “Trust in his gift of seeing every moment in terms of geological time—/ of constantly holding the cycles of mountains/ rising up and eroding away in his mind’s eye… ” From elegy to epitaph, the threads that weave this book together are perspectives on motherhood and femininity seen through both a modern and mythologic lens; in place of sentiment or a conclusion we are given a raging dragon. Harper places the reader in a space…

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Fifty-Word Review: Forth a Raven, by Christina Davis

(Originally appeared in December 2013)

Christina Davis’s Forth a Raven offers stark, textured, intelligent and lyrical pieces in a stripped-down yet ultimately complex, reflective language. Encompassing the tension of different realms – the spiritual and the secular, the extraordinary and the mundane, her work, quite simply, astounds. Read this book. Seek out her work. It’s sublime.

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Another Review of My Chapbook, IF YOUR MATTER COULD REFORM, and the print version has been released.

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Another review of If Your Matter Could Reform is up on GoodReads, as well as on the reviewer’s blog:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25203175-if-your-matter-could-reform?from_search=true&search_version=service#other_reviews

https://jaffalogue.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/review-if-your-matter-could-reform/

And of course the print version has now been released:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/230439156/robert-okaji-if-your-matter-could-reform?ref=shop_home_active_2

With shipping, to U.S. addresses, the total should be $6.00. The shipping to international addresses will, I’d imagine, vary.

Review of My Chapbook, IF YOUR MATTER COULD REFORM

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Leigh Ward-Smith has been kind enough to post a review of my chapbook on her site, Leigh’s Wordsmithery: https://leighswordsmithery.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/poetry-review-robert-okaji-if-your-matter-could-reform/