Slice of Moon

Slice of Moon

by Kim Dower
     
 

Slice of Moon, the second collection by Kim Dower, retains the whimsical, accessible style of her debut, Air Kissing on Mars, while reaching deeper, with greater lyrical intensity, irony, and poignancy.

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Slice of Moon, the second collection by Kim Dower, retains the whimsical, accessible style of her debut, Air Kissing on Mars, while reaching deeper, with greater lyrical intensity, irony, and poignancy.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Poetry set in the dressing room of Loehmann's or inspired by a school cafeteria menu: unexpected and sublime."
O, The Oprah Magazine

“Dower (Air Kissing on Mars) returns after a break from publishing with these mostly narrative poems that mine detail with a whimsy bordering on hysteria. In this collection, the speaker manages to squirt too much mustard on her hotdog, have a huge tooth pulled (‘extracting my brain, forcing every thought/ I ever had out of my head’), and buy an iPhone with an app that lets users go back to pioneer life in 1872 (‘my girls tug at my berry-stained apron—mom, let’s bake—in my real world I didn’t bake/ but with this app I can’). She tells us what a boyfriend likes in bed (‘my other girlfriend lets me’) and why a girlfriend prefers sex with skinny guys. But a serious thread runs through these poems: caring for a mother who has dementia. And tucked in also are quiet poems from another place—a short lyric about the Santa Ana wind with a tender ending and a vivid recollection of a now deceased high school boyfriend, a moving blend of sexual experimentation and loss.”
Library Journal
 
“The poems are bold and sexy and smart.”
—Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet 

Slice of Moon is a dark chocolate fever dream of love, of mothers. Kim Dower dares you into the dark. You may find yourself lurking there.”
—Erica Jong

 “Kim Dower’s remarkable first book, Air Kissing on Mars, was on fire. Slice of Moon burns even hotter, its flames rising even higher.”
—Thomas Lux

Library Journal
12/01/2013
Dower (Air Kissing on Mars) returns after a break from publishing with these mostly narrative poems that mine detail with a whimsy bordering on hysteria. In this collection, the speaker manages to squirt too much mustard on her hotdog, have a huge tooth pulled ("extracting my brain, forcing every thought/ I ever had out of my head"), and buy an iPhone with an app that lets users go back to pioneer life in 1872 ("my girls tug at my berry-stained apron—mom, let's bake—in my real world I didn't bake/ but with this app I can"). She tells us what a boyfriend likes in bed ("my other girlfriend lets me") and why a girlfriend prefers sex with skinny guys. But a serious thread runs through these poems: caring for a mother who has dementia. And tucked in also are quiet poems from another place—a short lyric about the Santa Ana wind with a tender ending and a vivid recollection of a now deceased high school boyfriend, a moving blend of sexual experimentation and loss. VERDICT A collection of high-pitched energetic riffs that sometimes fail to make a case for their occasion.—Ellen Kaufman, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597099714
Publisher:
Red Hen Press
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Read an Excerpt

What the Wind Did

She hears it in her sleep
Ruining each dream like
The punch line of a bad joke
Sweeping of Santa Anas
Branches flying over the roof
Sparrows driven from their nests
Patio furniture tossed like confetti
Garbage flying like chunky crows
She wakes up to drain pipes moaning
Remembers a night of falling through
Noise, shaken through her dreams
Let’s go see, she tells her dog
Let’s go look. Let’s see
What the wind did

Meet the Author

Kim (Freilich) Dower grew up in New York City and received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. Her first collection, Air Kissing on Mars was published by Red Hen Press in 2010 and appeared on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best-Sellers list. The book was described by The Los Angeles Times as, “sensual and evocative . . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache.” Kim teaches in the BA Program at Antioch University Los Angeles, and is the owner of a literary publicity company called Kim-from-L.A. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, The Seneca Review, Rattle, Barrow Street, Eclipse, and Two Hawks Quarterly. Two of the poems in Slice of Moon were finalists for the Rattle Poetry Prize. She is also a nominee for the Pushcart Prize. She lives with her family in West Hollywood, California.

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