by Rebecca Smolen
Scheduled Release Date: Dec 1, 2020
Excoriation is an honest, thought-provoking exploration via poetry, into motherhood, relationships, heartache, love, and the cosmos. Rebecca Smolen shares her experiences in a way that’s meant to dig a little deeper, delving into each wound until nothing but truth remains. Through evocative metaphor and verse, Smolen challenges her readers to let these poems get under their skin, even if it hurts a little, for this is where healing begins.
“In Rebecca Smolen’s Excoriation, you experience alchemy, the transformation of a woman’s raw loss into a dance, a music, a clear vision, ‘how the stars/are brightest in the northeast in winter.’ In poems addressed to her lost love, she remembers the first goodbye after the first kiss, how it ‘became the new snow smell/ mixed with the smoke from each chimney,’ and you feel that relationship char in words, ‘raw and still bloody.’ Smolen’s poems are ‘heavy with the life [she knows she has] needed to release.’ In rich language and provocative shapes, her poems are generous acts, each a form of healing, ‘to fall first,/ to shine… to know how to rain,’ their ‘purpose to ease another’s’ pain. Read these brave poems to understand that the world ‘is merely attempting to find its own way back’ through the mystery and science of this writer’s voice.”
—Kate Gray, author of Carry the Sky
and For Every Girl: New & Selected Poems
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