Fireflies, Pamela Laskin loosens the knot of familial relationships enough
for us to lean in close to the fault lines inherent with all sorts of
love and longing. Without sentimentality, in clear and precise language,
Laskin traces and pierces the desire and disappointment of being a daughter,
of becoming a mother. These poems offer surprising jolts when experience
does not meet expectation, when pessimism hovers over hope or curves
into cynicism. A world emerges in which a new mother creeps close to
the edge during a sleepless night as her "son continues to cry," and
she speaks to Joel Stienberg, admitting "I could have been you."
80 Pgs, $14.95
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