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The Moons of August
Danusha Lameris




Autumn House
2014 • 96 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-932870-95-4



“The poems of Danusha Lameris are more than ‘a faint scrawl on the parchment of the heart’ as she boldly maps her relation to self... [continued in Reviews below]”—Sonja James, The Journal (WV)

Winner of the 2013 Autumn House Press Poetry Contest, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Winner of the 2013 Autumn House Press Poetry Contest, selected by Naomi Shihab Nye. This stunning debut collection explores family culture, motherhood, and memory.

Reviews / Endorsements

“The poems of Danusha Lameris are more than ‘a faint scrawl on the parchment of the heart’ as she boldly maps her relation to self, others, nature, history, and the higher power that governs all aspects of existence. In The Moons of August, Lameris gives the reader the gift of insight into the meaning of life with all of its uncertainties and pain. These are poems of grace and truth.”—Sonja James, The Journal (WV)

“This book of motherhood, memory, and elegiac urgency crosses borders, cultures, and languages to bring us the good news of being alive. With language clear as water and rich as blood, The Moons of August offers a human communion we can all believe in. Reckoning with and grieving for the past as they claim the future, these poems are wise, direct, and fearless. "What's gone / is not quite gone, but lingers," Laméris reminds us. "Not the language, but the bones / of the language. Not the beloved, / but the dark bed the beloved makes / inside our bodies."”—Dorianne Laux

Awards/Recognition:

Runner-up for the Milt Kessler Award (2015)


DANUSHA LAMERIS lives in Santa Cruz, California, where, after completing a B.A. in Fine Arts at U.C. Santa Cruz, she studied at the Squaw Valley Writers Workshops and with the poet Ellen Bass. Her poems have been published in: American Poetry Review, New Letters, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry Northwest, Alaska Quarterly Review, The SUN, and Rattle, among other journals. Her work has also been included in several anthologies, including The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry.

Her poem, "Riding Bareback," was selected by Gary Young as the winner of the 2013 Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry, while another poem, "The God of Numbers," received a special mention in the 2015 Pushcart Prize anthology. The Moons of August, her first book, was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the 2013 Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2015 Bingham University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. She teaches ongoing, independent writing workshops, as well as working with individual writers.

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