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Misery Islands
January Gill O’Neil




Cavankerry
2014 • 78 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors

$16.00 Paperback, 978-1-933880-46-4



“O'Neil candidly writes about family ... of single-motherhood and of love, and in doing so penetrates the exquisiteness of the everyday while also highlighting the... [continued in Reviews below]”—Major Jackson,

Misery Islands blends geographical and metaphorical landscapes of family and the choices we make to know who we are truly meant to be

At the center of her second book are two islands off the coast of Salem, Massachusetts, through which O’Neil finds the rough terrain of marriage and what it means to love in the face of adversity. She navigates the waters of transition with exuberance and reflection, and discovers new ways to make the ordinary extraordinary.

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“O'Neil candidly writes about family ... of single-motherhood and of love, and in doing so penetrates the exquisiteness of the everyday while also highlighting the challenges of living as artist and mother. Indeed, there is fine balance of imagery and story and song that makes this a fine collection to own, to read back one's own solitariness, one's own joy.”—Major Jackson

From the Book:

“I tell my son/that the best poems/are written in the sand/and washed away with the tide”



JANUARY GILL O’NEIL is the author of Underlife, published by CavanKerry Press. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and an assistant professor of English at Salem State University.



Sat, 15 Apr 2017 16:46:34 -0500