by Sarah Gorham
6 x 9 paper, 80 pages, $15.95
I have long admired the exquisite poise—as well as the wisdom and disarming grace—of Sarah Gorham's poetry. Her newest collection, Bad Daughter, offers meticulously observed meditations arising from a kaleidoscope of familial relationships centering upon mothers and daughters. This is Sarah Gorham's most powerful and eloquent book yet, a sequence of sustained poetic reckonings upon the demands, despairs, and delights of family—both past and present—and the revelations that emerge in the course of the well-lived life. This is a collection of boundless pleasures.
David St. John
Gorham's poems are remarkable for their sureness of touch, their fine economies, their penetrating aptitude for surprise...a poet writing at the height of her powers and confidence...the book builds a whole that burnishes each of its parts.