by Jessica Temple
978-1-948692-48-9 paper 16.95
978-1-948692-49-6 ebook 9.99
6×9, 80 pp.
Daughters of Bone explores the landscapes and people of the South. Drawing on personal and collective history, these poems explore the relationships between place, people, history, culture, and language. Subjects include family and relationships, especially between women of different generations, means of handling grief, and travel and return. Photographs or physical objects often work as keys to memories of events or people from the past. Particular locations or landscapes likewise serve as reminders. This collection questions the meaning of “home” and “family.” It mythologizes the author’s own history as she searches for her place within it.
Jessica Temple earned her PhD in poetry from Georgia State University. She co-directs the syndicated poetry college radio program melodically challenged and teaches at Alabama A&M University. Her work has appeared in Thema; Crab Orchard Review; Canyon Voices; and Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems from Negative Capability Press, among others. She is the author of the chapbook Seamless and Other Legends (Finishing Line Press, 2013). She attended the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and was named Alabama State Poetry Society’s 2019 Poet of the Year. Learn more at jessicatemple.com.
Daughters of Bone strikes me as a claiming: of self, of personal history, and of the voice to speak of these things. Few poets have the ability to simultaneously evoke the particularities of their own lives and draw a reader in to make it hers as well, but Jessica Temple made me feel welcome, at home in these poems. I know these women, and I know these places. The myths we live by–inherited, created, reshaped–figure large in this book, but are, rightly, built of the smallest details: weevils and rented wheelchairs, an old foot locker and a cassette tape, a double-wide and a family reunion. Temple’s intense engagement with words and their histories reveals how we make the world with the stories we tell, and with the beauty of their telling.
—Jennifer Horne, Alabama Poet Laureate
and author of Borrowed Light, Little Wanderer, and Bottle Tree