Po­ems by El­iz­a­beth Sch­muhl

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6x9, 80 pages, $16.99

Vis­ceral and brim­ming with vi­tal­ity, the po­ems in Premonitions re­ver­ber­ate with the voice of a woman on a se­cluded farm, con­fronting her emo­tional and phys­i­cal iso­la­tion. Draw­ing on her own ex­pe­ri­ence as a daugh­ter of a third-gen­er­a­tion fruit farmer, Sch­muhl gives readers a fresh and pow­er­ful per­spec­tive on what it means to be alive. Em­brac­ing chaos, change, and un­pre­dictabil­ity, these po­ems are en­er­get­i­cally charged and in­fused with suc­cinct, imag­is­tic lan­guage. Adding to the com­plex­ity of her po­ems, Sch­muhl cre­ates ad­di­tional lay­ers of mean­ing as the po­ems and their ti­tles re­late to the au­thor’s synes­the­sia, a sen­sory phe­nom­e­non through which letters and num­bers are ex­pe­ri­enced as col­ors and emo­tions. A must read.

“Premonitions is a re­minder that in our mod­ern era of dis­trac­tion, our bod­ies al­ways have a place in the world of ten thou­sand things.” —Tomás Morin, au­thor of Pa­tient Zero

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