Poetry Reviews

My review of ‘The Body’s Alphabet’ by Ann Tweedy published by Literary Mama + they are open for submissions! DEADLINE: Jan. 1, 2017

The Body's Alphabet, by Ann Tweedy. 108 pages, $10.

The Body’s Alphabet by Ann Tweedy, 108 pages, $10

My review of The Body’s Alphabet by Ann Tweedy was just published in Literary Mama’s December issue.

“This collection of poems adheres to the bodies of mothers and daughters, lovers and partners, childhood and children. It reminds us how close and distant we can be, at all times, to each other, to nature, to living, and to death. Through her poems, Tweedy connects her readers to ‘an alphabet only the body can interpret.’ For me, the alphabet she refers to here is one of personal history—a language only our own memories can help us access, a language written in the DNA of our physical forms.”

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The Body’s Alphabet is a poetry book published by Headmistress Press. Here’s a little more from my review:

“The first of five sections introduces the speaker via her childhood memories of a deteriorating home and a deteriorating mother—a hoarder who leaves no room for her daughter physically or mentally—one who leaves her daughter fractured, a daughter who has inherited a perpetual chain of difficult mother-daughter relationships.”

Read my complete review here:

Review of The Body’s Alphabet by Ann Tweedy

You can read more about Ann Tweedy on her web site here: http://anntweedy.com/poet/

Ann has always been plagued and blessed by wanting to be and do many things at once—from artist and scientist as a small child to her current vocations of poetry and other creative writing, legal advocacy for Indian tribes, and legal scholarship.  Lately, inspired by poet Brenda Hillman’s advice to embrace one’s dualities, she has been trying to learn to relish all of her internal contradictions and tensions.  She resists categories and finds it hard—and somewhat distasteful—to describe her work.  You could say that in her poetry and essays she seeks to understand and that in her legal work she aims to further justice, but that seems too simple.  Other things she loves to do include exploring nature, traveling, beading, taking pictures, and looking at art.  She lives with her family and three black cats in Washington State.


Also, Literary Mama is currently open for submissions. They are open during two reading periods: from March 1 to June 1 and from September 1 to January 1. “Literary Mama publishes literary writing about the many faces of motherhood. Since 2003, we have featured poetry, fiction, columns, and creative nonfiction that may be too raw, too irreverent, too ironic, or too body-conscious for traditional or commercial motherhood publications.”

In addition to their own reading periods, Literary Mama posts a list of calls for submissions for their readers on the first Wednesday of every month. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on other calls as they come up.

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