Library Journal's Barbara Hoffert recently gave Marsha de la O's Antidote for Night a stellar review, calling the new book a "vividly captured Southern California." "Just don’t expect sun, sand, and celebrity glam," says the review; "the poet’s hard-knocks world instead encompasses drive-by killings, hard labor ('thirty-eight years working the same loom'), and orange trees blackened by coking factories." Hoffert continues, "Splendidly incisive, de la O doesn’t so much observe landscapes as create them, just as her father 'conjured this city,/ my labyrinth, our treasure' while navigating the 'red snake/ traffic.' More significant is how she creates emotional landscape, suffusing her lines with both sorrow . . . and longing. Strong portraits range from a honeybee to a sad-eyed former student who ends tragically, and the well-displayed natural world is folded into the human." Library Journal's verdict? "A terrific discovery that many readers will find both illuminating and accessible." Antidote for Night is available now only at the BOA Bookstore until its fall publication date. Order today and get your copy early!
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