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Flesh Enough

poems by Darla Himeles

Praise for Flesh Enough

“When I bleed, / I touch everything,” Darla Himeles teases one conservative cousin, and in poems loving and transgressive, affectionate and angry, she confronts the “annihilation” of creatures small (passenger pigeon) and large (blue whale), including humans (always small), such as Jewish ancestors who inhaled the almond scent of Zyklon B and, more recently, the Black and Native American victims of sustained and authorized violence. “My heart doesn’t ache,” wrote Adrienne Rich; “sometimes though it rages.” In these beautiful and urgent poems, Himeles’ heart rages against our approaching extinctions.

—Michael Waters

 

Look at Darla Himeles, there on the razor’s edge of survival as a Jew, note taker of past and future extinctions, a poet fearless of science, unafraid of love or laughter. Listen as she sings love songs to the cephalopod dead, the manatees’ eyes “cataracted by microplastics,” and the Colorado that “forgets it’s a river.” Smile as she imagines T.S. Eliot becoming a blue crab. Meditate with her on our own eyes, possible “reservoirs of the Anthropocene’s / last sunlit hours.” Himeles helps us know our place as specks of a star, kin to all animals, in poems that dance with the pleasure of language.

—Alicia Ostriker

 

Whether she is describing the day Adrienne Rich died or how our weeping may sound like mating songs, Darla Himeles captures all that it is to be a poet, today, right now. Her poems have melody & a lilac kind of voice, but what is most striking is how she guides you through our human condition, our place on this earth, & the ways in which we hurt & love. Flesh Enough is a beautiful & important debut.

—Yesenia Montilla

 

Himeles uses powerful restraint when interweaving the everyday with unspeakable destruction and the endangerment of both animals and humanity.

—Amy Small McKinney
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Where to find Flesh Enough

IN BOOKSTORES:

Whenever possible, support independent book sellers by ordering Flesh Enough through your local bookshop. I especially recommend Big Blue Marble (Philadelphia), Small World Books (Los Angeles), and Blue Hill Books (Blue Hill, Maine).

ONLINE:

Order through Small Press Distribution, directly from Get Fresh Books, or Amazon.

DIRECTLY:

For a signed/inscribed copy, please say hello at an upcoming reading or use the CONTACT page to inquire about shipping.

Video

Animation by Ron Levin / Collaboration facilitated by Moving Words / winner, Moving Words 2017 Prize / accepted into EPOS International Film Festival, March 2017