"... a fierce poet at the peak of her powers..."
- Patricia Smith, author of the award-winning books Blood Dazzler and Teahouse of the Almighty
ICARUS in LOVE
Icarus in Love, Antoinette Brim's second collection, certifies the presence of a very fine poet among us. This entire collection is a strong reminder that assessing old ways of being is necessary work and loving the self is necessary work. Antoinette Brim is obviously at the point of assured command of her craft. The way she sifts through the past and reworks the deepest fibers of her experience is amazing evidence of the poet's heart and skill. Her riffs on the work of other poets ring like music. I love so many, but I'll list "The Female Body" and "Woman Sees Starry Night" and "33 Jackson Street Aubade"--simply great poems.
-Eloise Klein Healy, Former Poet Laureate of The City of Los Angeles
PSALM OF THE SUNFLOWER
In Psalm of the Sunflower, poet Antoinette Brim explores the painful reality of divorce as a foundation for self-discovery. Through exquisitely crafted poetry, filled with layered language and meaning, Brim unravels the breaking and mending of heart and spirit through a metaphoric engagement of nature, the Little Rock landscape, collective memory and song. Revelatory semantics skim just below the surface of these poems whose visionary narrative-arc mirrors the sunflower drawn to light as Brim explores a new morning of possibility through language.
THESE WOMEN YOU GAVE ME
Speaking in the voices of the Garden of Eden, Lilith, and Eve in dialogue with Adam, with God, and with each other, these poems are also in dialogue with the Torah, the Talmud, the Prophets, and The Alphabet of Ben Sira, as well as a range of social, historical, and cultural intertexts.