BkMk Press Books

All That Held Us

Poems

by Henrietta Goodman

Price: $13.95, 66 pages

ISBN: 9781943491124, 2018

 

Featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily

In this collection of linked sonnets, a young woman wrestles with the expectations of her repressive upbringing and Southern culture. Raised by a jaded and critical mother and haunted by an absent father, she constructs the myths and truths of home, family, and marital love that confine and release her to navigate her own sexuality and capacity for intimacy.

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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

"Each of her untitled Italian sonnets is linked to the one that comes before it with a single line, image or idea, creating something reminiscent of a garland or a necklace or a prayer flag. The result is a book of poems that can each stand alone gracefully as single beads, but reach their full potential when they flow together one after another." —Sarah Aswell, from her review in the Missoula Independent

These sonnets are each wonderfully linked with the previous ones by echoing a metaphor or literally repeating a key phrase but in a radically different tone and context. It is an elegant and impressive collection. Daniel Casey, from his review in Seattle Book Review

Read the interview with Henrietta Goodman here.

Listen to Henrietta on the Write Question, Montana Public Radio KUFM's show about writers and writing.

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