Channeling the collection’s muse, jazz composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, Hemming the Water speaks to the futility of trying to mend or straighten a life that is constantly changing. Here the spiritual and the secular comingle in a “Fierce fragmentation, lonely tune.” Harvey inhabits, challenges, and explores the many facets of the female selfas daughter, mother, sister, wife, and artist. Every page is rich with Harvey’s rapturous music.
About the Author
YONA HARVEY is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, and the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation.
Table of Contents
THE GATE TO THE WATER • Sound - Part 1: Girl with Red Scarf • Blessing Blue Crabs • To Describe My Body Walking • Discovering Girdles • Rose Lassi • ALL MERCHANDISE SOLD AS IS: NO REFUNDS, RETURNS, EXCHANGES, GUARANTEES • Sound- • Chatterblue • Turquoise • Mother, Love • [Zodiac Suite] • SWIMMING LESSONS • Sound-Part 2: Hearing My Daughter’s Heartbeat the First Time Thumbelina, I Wrote a Song about You • Ocean Song • Hurricane • Even Disasters • “The Antelope as Document” • Schottelkotte • Report from the Daughter of a Blue Planet • Gingivitis, Notes on Fear • The Riot Inside Me • Communion with Mary Lou Williams • THE SHAPE THE WATER TAKES • Sound-Part 3 (Ostinato): All the World’s Wars Commence in the Head • Mary J. (Upswing) • Neruda • One Impression • Devil Music • Theory of the Unheld • Brilliance • Black Winged Stilt • Mediation on Your Escape • Open-Toed Shoes • The Shape Compassion Takes • In Toni Morrison’s Head • Sound-Part 4: Notes on Polyphony
What People are Saying About This
“There is no rest in this extraordinary debut book by Yona Harvey. It is a book in which the devastation is still very much alive.”
“Hemming the Water . . . is something unheard ofnever quite ‘seen’ before. It is original . . . we are spun into lyrical music, stunning ‘inscapes’ of language.”