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Hemming the Water
Yona Harvey

Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2013 • 88 pp. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-32-1

Often mimicking fairy tales or ancient fables, these are poems wrought from daughterhood, motherhood, siblinghood, and the love of music

Channeling the collection’s muse, jazz composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams, Hemming the Water speaks to the futility of trying to mend or straighten a life that is constantly changing. Here the spiritual and the secular comingle in a “Fierce fragmentation, lonely tune.” Harvey inhabits, challenges, and explores the many facets of the female self—as daughter, mother, sister, wife, and artist. Every page is rich with Harvey’s rapturous music.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“There is no rest in this extraordinary debut book by Yona Harvey. It is a book in which the devastation is still very much alive.”—Toi Derricotte

Hemming the Water . . . is something unheard of—never quite ‘seen’ before. It is original . . . we are spun into lyrical music, stunning ‘inscapes’ of language.”—Carol Muske-Dukes

YONA HARVEY is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, and the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation.

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