Daughter Eraser by Amber West


Amber West’s Daughter Eraser surprises relentlessly, moving gracefully from heartbreak to humor. Each poem is stitched with truth until the small, delicate, everyday expands. This poet delivers a playful theater of language, innuendo, and wit while teaching us how to assay the iron within irony. Indeed, the voice here takes no prisoners. But the heart of Daughter Eraser, like any work of comedy, is often rooted in a deeper truth where the personal and political converge. These up-tempo poems convey a sense of family and community that are believable and bold, and at times they plumb the metaphysical. We can be thankful this new voice springs out of need and mercy.”
–Yusef Komunyakaa, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet

Rating: *****  [5 of 5 Stars!]



“In her poems of sharp working-class witness, Amber West extends the territory mapped by Dorianne Laux, Jan Beatty, and Dorothy Allison. Plainspoken about the costs of family loyalty and romantic attachment, West’s poems offer fresh insight into the dynamic power of female ties. West is remarkably willing to risk tenderness as well as anger as she articulates her histories of grief and love.”

–V. Penelope Pelizzon, author of Whose Flesh is Flame, Whose Bone is Time (The Waywiser Press) and Nostos (Ohio University Press)

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]



Daughter Eraser

by Amber West

$14.49, paper

Amber West is a poet, feminist scholar, and theater-maker originally from California with roots in Tennessee. Her poems and articles have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Calyx, Puppetry International, The Feminist Wire, Furies: A Poetry Anthology of Women Warriors, and The Routledge Companion to Puppetry & Material Performance. Her plays and “puppet poems” have been performed on the east and west coasts. She earned her BA at University of California, Santa Cruz, her MFA at New York University, and her PhD at University of Connecticut. She is co-founder of the artist collective, Alphabet Arts, and director of the Puppets & Poets festival in NYC, where she is also currently Senior Grant Writer for Girls Write Now.

Rating: *****  [5 of 5 Stars!]


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