Meghan Sterling’s gorgeous collection, Comfort the Mourners, is an elegy to self and selves. From the memories she shares of her grandparents’ family in Ukraine to the care she bears for her daughter — everything in this book is from the heart.
night mode is a book-length serial poem that oscillates between digital and IRL topias, blurring the line between the two. In five poetic sequences and a brief coda, this deeply visceral and darkly erotic book explores themes of abjection, violence, limerence, love, and desire. The speaker navigates shifts in their identity in response to the encounters and exchanges they make, allowing each poem to expand upon the last— rupturing into new formal landscapes that give way for a pastiche wasteland of internet speech and cybernetic bodies. Through music, lyric, fragmentation, and play, night mode is an artifact of exploration and identity.
Exit signs on a seaside highway contemplates fragmented territory set against the backdrop of an ongoing apocalypse. The poems both acknowledge the raw violence created by borders, while stubbornly searching for glimpses of a better world that lies within reach. With language that is confrontational but also hopeful, it invites us to liberate ourselves from structures that are far more fragile than we believe them to be.
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