PRAISE FOR MEND & HONE
How do we make ourselves at home on a stone falling through space? How do we find a way to wilderness in what Rilke calls “our interpreted world?” Mend & Hone is an astonishing chord of poetic voices. This book really functions as a quartet in sonata form, with some poets confronting ostinato challenges and ruptures, some exploring cantabile lyricism. The unity comes from a common integrity, never from compromise. “It is hard to see bruises on water,” one poet writes: all these writers are alive to an achingly vulnerable world, each has a new and compelling vision.
This is a poetry written not from the outside, not from conceptualization within misplaced ideas of linguistic materialism, but from the inside, from feeling, from engagement, from transparency, and above all from an awareness of the beauty and gift of life itself as being something also intrinsically to do with the heart and the spirit. Delicate and visceral observations combine with a particular lightness of touch among all these poets, and a freshness of syntax mined from within perception and a closeness to the dream as poetry’s origin: that fundamental reverie which allows us access into seeing what is secretly all around us, and which is ever more important in an age dominated by technology and the left brain. Salutations!
The poems in Mend & Hone hold both heart and style, or Truth and Beauty, as Keats famously articulated the art of balance in poetry. Variety is key to this volume, but there are some constants: energy and dynamism surge through each lyric, keeping the narratives moving, surprising the reader with pleasurable jolts. Some of the poems are traditional narrative lyrics, others are more post-modern in their fragmentation; cultural differences provide spice and flavor. Emotional honesty, movement and impeccable craft are the three steady muses for each of our poets who work at repairing the world (Tikkun Olum, the Hebrew says), and at creating the alchemy of honing experience into memorable lyrics.
MEET THE MEND & HONE AUTHORS
JANLORI GOLDMAN teaches at Columbia University in the ﬁelds of human rights, public health and narrative medicine. Her ﬁrst manuscript was a ﬁnalist for the Alice James Kinereth Gensler Award, the Philip Levine Prize for Poetry and Crab Orchard Press’s Open Competition. Janlori holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and volunteers as a writing mentor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She lives in Accord, NY.
DAWN GORMAN was born in the market town of Chesterﬁeld in Derbyshire, England where, at the heels of her ornithologist father, she learned to love the natural world with a passion that now spills freely into her poetry. She refers to nature as her “muse, teacher and healer,” and the creative process as the way she makes sense of the world. She has two grown children and is the editor of an international maritime magazine.
ELIZABETH HOWORT has taught poetry at the elementary, high school and college level. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Seneca Review, L Magazine, The Round, Storyscape, the Best American Poetry blog and elsewhere. “Turning the Forest Fertile” is her ﬁrst chapbook.
LESLIE LACHANCE edits and publishes Mixitini Matrix: A Journal of Creative Collaboration. Her poems have appeared in JMWW, Sundress.net’s Best of the Net, Apple Valley Review, The Greensboro Review, Juked, The Birmingham Poetry Review, the anthology A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, and elsewhere. Born and raised in upstate New York, Leslie currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.