PACKING LIGHT is a compendium of almost 40 years of poetry-writing by Marilyn Kallet. The volume includes one new book of poems, and distillations from each of her previous four books of poems. The collection ranges from humorous to profound, from love poems and erotic poems to poetry about Jewish identity and the Holocaust. The publisher, Black Widow Press, specializes in translations from the French Surrealists, as well as in the best contemporary poetry in the United States. Other authors in the contemporary series include: Clayton Eshleman, Robert Kelly, and Andrei Codrescu.
Marilyn gives an overview of the book:
From "Forget the Silk"
Forget the silk of poppies, their unrelenting red, I could
take you to forgetting, lick amnesia across your lashes,
make you forget half-learned love, forget your name
and the word for blood, caress you with my breasts until you
spill your hair over me and we're lost in a silkstorm..."
Marilyn Kallet was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in New York. She is the author of 16 books, including The Love That Moves Me (poetry); Packing Light: New and Selected Poems, Black Widow Press; Circe, After Hours, poetry from BkMk Press; The Big Game,...
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