Reviews - SLICE OF MOON

"Poetry set in the dressing room of Loehmann's or inspired by a school cafeteria menu: unexpected and sublime."
--O, The Oprah Magazine

“Dower (Air Kissing on Mars) returns after a break from publishing with these mostly narrative poems that mine detail with a whimsy bordering on hysteria. In this collection, the speaker manages to squirt too much mustard on her hotdog, have a huge tooth pulled (‘extracting my brain, forcing every thought/ I ever had out of my head’), and buy an iPhone with an app that lets users go back to pioneer life in 1872 (‘my girls tug at my berry-stained apron—mom, let’s bake—in my real world I didn’t bake/ but with this app I can’). She tells us what a boyfriend likes in bed (‘my other girlfriend lets me’) and why a girlfriend prefers sex with skinny guys. But a serious thread runs through these poems: caring for a mother who has dementia. And tucked in also are quiet poems from another place—a short lyric about the Santa Ana wind with a tender ending and a vivid recollection of a now deceased high school boyfriend, a moving blend of sexual experimentation and loss.”
--Library Journal

“The poems are bold and sexy and smart.”
--Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

“Slice of Moon is a dark chocolate fever dream of love, of mothers. Kim Dower dares you into the dark. You may find yourself lurking there.”
--Erica Jong

“Kim Dower’s remarkable first book, Air Kissing on Mars, was on fire. Slice of Moon burns even hotter, its flames rising even higher.”
--Thomas Lux

 

 
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