A chapbook of poems flirting with witchery, travel, iambic pentameter, and saudade. Featuring watercolor illustrations by artist Sirin Thada.
"These gorgeous poems are haunting, intimate, incantatory. Sarah Lyn Rogers's intelligence, sensitivity, depth and wit exude from her lines. And she does not waste a word. Her control of craft leads to an explosion of meaning: 'muted...And yet expansive.'" -- Kate Evans, author of Call It Wonder: An Odyssey of Love, Sex, Spirit, and Travel (Coyote Creek Books)
"Sarah Lyn Rogers's voice cuts through the clamor of everyday life, not by simplifying it or turning a deaf ear but by opening itself fully to the glorious cacophony. Juxtaposing popular music with Buddhist ritual, quotidian housework with arcane witchcraft, these poems ache to capture the flux and inconsistency of our world, knowing success or failure is secondary to the attempt itself: to make meaning, to tame chaos, above all to connect. 'Like pushing a stone upslope sometimes / this need to speak, to explain / exactly what we mean'--Rogers meets this Sisyphean challenge with remarkable poise and music." -- Andrew Altschul, author of Lady Lazarus (Harcourt)
"Sarah Lyn Rogers's book, Inevitable What, crackles with music and magic and the awareness of unseen mysteries enfolding the most ordinary days. Whether she is calling for rain, washing dishes in a steaming kitchen, or listening to the incantations of a foreign tongue, Rogers's poems remain fine-tuned to language's elegant rhythms. They reveal the spells we devise to make meaning of our lives." --Sally Ashton, author of Some Odd Afternoon (BlazeVOX[books])
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Sarah Lyn Rogers is an editor at Soft Skull Press and series co-editor for the annual Best Debut Short Stories: The PEN America Dau Prize anthology. She is the author of Inevitable What, a chapbook on magic and rituals, and was the 2014 winner of the Academy of American Poets' Virginia de Araujo Prize, as well as a finalist for the 2019 St. Lawrence Book Award. For more of her work, visit sarahlynrogers.com.
NEW MOON RITUAL
DROWNING OUT A PUJA WITH NORAH JONES
"SLEEPING LADY PLATE," 1976
"YOU CAN NEVER QUITE FORGIVE" (148).
BEGGAR WOMAN SPELL
A NOTE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A NOTE ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR