A new episode of theÂ New Books in PoetryÂ podcast is up, in which the fabulousÂ Athena Dixon speaks with Sarah Adleman about her book The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes (Tolsun Books, 2019).
Athena writes of the book:
Adlemanâ€™s collection, a gorgeous hybrid of poetry and memoir, is a journey through grief and forgiveness. The authorâ€™s debut book uses both the personal and the informative to examine and preserve the loss, grief, and cleansing set in motion by her motherâ€™s death. She honors her mother not only in the crafting of these shared memories, but also in the actual formatting of the text itself. Adleman gives her mother voice by including her own work interwoven throughout the retelling. The author does not shy away from the heaviness of absence, her personal reaction to the events, and especially not the profound changes to her father. She unfurls these emotions in the light and scrubs away the haze. She leaves us with the â€œbliss at the core of our beingsâ€ and challenges us to walk beside her to the other side.
You can listen to the interviewÂ hereÂ or on the podcast app of your choice.