Poems for the Holidays: Misery Islands
|January Gill O'Neil's Newest Collection Rocks|
It's difficult, near impossible, to choose just one poem from this collection to share. The words are distilled and emerge from the page pitch perfect. The narrative of a woman after her divorce is not a description of the book, it is merely a layer of what is found here.
Here is the beginning of one poem that should whet your appetite for more:
WHAT MY KIDS WILL WRITE ABOUT ME IN THEIR FUTURE TELL-ALL BOOK
They will say that no was my favorite word,
more than stop or eat or love.
That some mornings I would rather stay in bed,
laptop on lap, instead of making breakfast,
that I'd rather write than speak.
They will say they have seen me naked.
Front side --- back side---
none of which were my good side.
(to continue reading click here for Misery Islands which are real islands off the north shore of Massachusetts -- near Salem.)
And in case you're still not convinced: I'm neither a mother nor divorced, yet I find this book essential reading. I believe you will, too.