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Blood, Sparrows and Sparrows
Eugenia Leigh

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2014 • 84 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Asian American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-49-9

"This book went through me like a blue lightning strike. Part lyric, part narrative, and always alive, unflinchingly alive. A wonderful book and an even more astonishing debut!" —Thomas Lux

In this striking debut, Leigh’s poems seek again and again to reconcile faith and beauty with the violent realities of trauma

“Everyone warns us off the rocks. / But what will keep us from the river?” Leigh asks in her debut collection, which pieces together a kind of mythology in which the surreal and celestial coexist with the realities of childhood abuse as an adult speaker grapples with its lasting emotional trauma. Rooted in a place of deep faith and bottomless compassion, Leigh’s speaker struggles to remember, and to remind us all, “that to worship is to survive is to be / wholly human.”

EUGENIA LEIGH is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets & Writers Magazine, Kundiman, Rattle, and The Asian American Literary Review. She serves as Poetry Editor of Kartika Review and lives in New York City.

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