BkMk Press Books

All That Held Us

Poems

by Henrietta Goodman

Price: $13.95, 66 pages

ISBN: 9781943491124

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In this collection of linked sonnets a young woman wrestles with the expectations of her upbringing and society. Childhood is overwhelmed by the influence of a jaded and overcritical mother, an absent father, and an isolated aunt. The myths of home, family, and marital love threaten to box her in as she navigates her own sexuality and capacity for intimacy in a world that expects compliance.

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"… a biting exploration of family and coming of age. The dad is gone but not exactly. The mom and “crazy aunt” form a fascinating (and at times humorous) duo. The cast is small and tight. As Goodman circles round and round her subjects it all becomes more complicated. Each sonnet here finds the author leaning carefully in over the microscope, one eye closed, remembering and re-remembering (and probably re-re-remembering) and recording it all with brilliant Petrarchan snap. What starts out as sifting through ashes ends up a tale of Phoenix rising."
    —Michael Earl Craig, Talkativeness and Thin Kimono

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