complex examination of how we come to love and how we come to be, the poems
in From the Inside Quietly create an intricate and urgent music of the border and the feminine body. With a
voice that’s barbed at times but also
full of empathy and grace, this is a powerful debut that will continue to rattle and quake in the
the Inside Quietly, Eloisa Amezcua writes,
“in my own mind / I’m a mirror. // I
see everything // except myself.” This book holds reflection—both the noun and verb of it—at its
core, from “the bottom of the pool //
opal and shimmering” to meditations on language, intimacy, and the self. These poems trouble
themselves with what we know and what
we don’t: what a daughter knows of her mother’s difficult childhood; what a psychiatrist knows of
his patients that their own families
don’t know; what we know of our lovers; and what we know of ourselves. Despite all the tricks of light
and shadow a mirror can play, all the
tricks of distance and shape and proportion, in this stunning collection we encounter a poet who sees,
feels, and writes with aching
Eloisa Amezcua’s From the Inside Quietly is a formally inventive book of lyric love poetry. But it is also a book about how love is a naturally clandestine thing. All yearning begins in a din of silence: “Dragonflies hum over the lake/and the scalding dock/where you sit for hours, arms/tired from so much reaching.” Amezcua is a poet who means to see what can’t be said. This is a beautiful debut.
Eloisa Amezcua is an Arizona
native. She is the author of the chapbooks On Not Screaming (Horse Less
Teething, winner of the 2016 Vella Chapbook Prize from Paper
Nautilus Press, and
forthcoming from Porkbelly Press. Eloisa is the
founder and editor of The
Shallow Ends: A Journal of Poetry.
You can find her at www.eloisaamezcua.com.
From the Inside Quietly is now available. We recommend ordering from Indiebound or your favorite independent bookseller.
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