Affairs Run In The Family is coming in October from poet and Stone Soup regular Lee Varon. It's been a long time coming, and I'm excited to finally see it come out.
"The poems in Lee Varon‘s Affairs treat the relationships of the author and her troubled Southern white family with memorable panache and a haunted poignancy. The author’s inimitable grandmother, the focus of the drama, describes her own family as “too poor to paint // and too proud to whitewash.” Varon circumscribes the world of Grandmother’s genteel bigotry—and her own pushback against it—in poems that stir amusement and indignation. Beautifully crafted, they negotiate their way through a panoply of infidelities, Confederate ghosts, firebombed Freedom Riders, and watering cans in Virginia graveyards. The poems are lit as if with the winking luminosity of fireflies—at once discreet, charmed, and indelibly coruscating."