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The Moon Makes Its Own Plea

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The Moon Makes Its Own Plea

By: Wendy Mnookin

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The Moon Makes Its Own Plea is a departure from Mnookin’s previous books, What He Took and To Get Here. Rather than considering a single experience that transforms her perception of her world, in her new book Mnookin explores the idea of self and how that self is strengthened and abraded by relationships. Although the book is anchored in everyday life, the narrative is fluid, making greater use of associative thinking. The poems in this book coalesce around the condition of mortality—not a specific death, although these also occur in the poems, but the state of being mortal. “I hold the grit of my life in my hands,” the author says in the title poem. What to do with that life is the question these poems probe with bravado and defiance, fear and anger, humor and hope. "The Moon Makes Its Own Plea gives us poems beautifully nuanced, reflecting life in all its ironies and mysteries, poignantly aware of the brevity that makes each moment vivd and crucial." --Poetry Daily  


The River Scrapes against Night

Through the scrim of the tent
I map constellations, fearful
I may have missed one
of the bland white sheep
lined up for counting,
fuzzy with their own bleating fatigue.
No matter how hard I stare,
I can't find the boundaries
between river and canyon,
canyon and sky. Bats
swoop close, intimate,
alarming. Night keeps knocking
without a hint of politeness.
I'm not fooled
by steady breathing.
We are this small.
This brief.


© BOA Editions, Ltd 2008

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Paperback ISBN: 978-1-934414-14-9
Price: $16.00
Publishing Date: October 2008