Empty Mirror contributor Zackary Lavoie‘s debut poetry chapbook, Upheavals has just been released by Pond Bench Press.
There are two ways to get your copy of Upheavals:
— Order a signed copy directly from Zack his website. A dollar from each sale will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
— Buy at Amazon.
Roy G. Guzmán, author of the forthcoming collection Catracho, from Graywolf Press, says of Upheavals:
“Rhubarb grows from rhizomes, releasing its body wherever conditions prove favorable. Similarly, Zackary Lavoie’s poems in Upheavals contain those rhubarb-like qualities of disruption and alteration, an I that vanishes and reappears in the natural world, in the city, in the sacred, and back in a corporeal body. There is a rich curiosity in Lavoie’s poems that reminds me of how Elizabeth Bishop, Matthew Henriksen, Neruda, Blake, and William Carlos Williams devise imagery in their works. “if i could create // a religion i would pray to trees and call them mother,” Lavoie claims in world replete with myth, flora, and longing. These poems will meander like rivers to “fill [your] bell[ies] with pebbles,” and you won’t soon forget their humming.”
Jeffrey Thomson, author of The Belfast Notebooks, says:
“Zackary Lavoie’s Upheavals marks the path of a poet searching for God and grace and human connection in a dead pigeon killed on Ditmars, in a wet pinecone thudding on a tin roof, in a lover’s morning departure as the sun spears its bars of light between the drapes. Here is the benediction of loneliness. Here is the architecture of want. Step inside and be transformed. You will ‘come out the other side a little less/ Of a fist and a little more/ Of a cupped hand of milk and caramel.'”