Free Fall Yellow (2010), Lifting the Towhee's Song (2012), and other poems of Beverly Acuff Momoi

Features of Free Fall Yellow (2010)

A hand-crafted chapbook published in a limited edition by Conflux Press.

An exquisite presentation of gorgeous poems that explore the poet's experience of marriage and of entering a Japanese family through that marriage.

Her "Portrait of the bride" is particularly remarkable:

    Remember the first words that were mine?    
    Words he taught me before we met
    his parents. When I look at the picture
    and see her, the phrase comes back.

    Watashi wa Bebari desu.
    Dozo yoroshku.
    My name is Beverley.
    Please be nice to me.

Features of Lifting the Towhee's Song (2012)

Beverly Acuff Momoi's haibun collection Lifting the Towhee's Song is recently published by John Barlow's Snapshot Press and can be read online at:

This chapbook was awarded a 2011 Snapshot Press eChapbook Award for haibun written after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011.

All of the award-winning eChapbooks are free to read on the Snapshot website. Also included on that website are opportunities to submit haiku eChapbooks to Snapshot Press.

Featured in A New Resonance 9 (2015)

Momoi is featured in the 2015 A New Resonance 9, with sixteen other "emerging"poets.

The set of poets is:

  1. Stewart Baker - the baby of the group at a mere 33 years! He has several one-liners and my favorite is probably:

    ashes the admission of everything past tense

  2. Brad Bennett — I specially like his "New Year's resolutions" but that is probably because I have made so many myself!

  3. Claire Everett — she is long overdue for inclusion in this series. One of my favorites is another 1-liner with multiple readings:

    fiddleheads uncoiling all the time in the world

  4. Kate S. Godsey — another "overdue" poet. I like her:

       low tide
       space where the ache
       used to be

  5. Cara Holman — some good ones.

  6. P.M.F. Johnson — a funny guy; nice to have the leavening of his mascular slants.

  7. Gregory Longenecker — many favorites here — 17 of them! And long over-due.

  8. Jonathan McKeown — again some good ones.

  9. Ben Moeller-Gaa — I've long been a fan of his work - I love the "garden of eden" undertone of:

       father's day
       learning the right way
       to snake a drain

  10. Beverly Acuff Momoi — wonderful collection.

  11. Polona Oblak — Though I wish they'd included some of her published work (at least I assume that they meant to put "unpublished" instead of "xxx"). Her best is (if I'm right to alter "place"):

       snowflakes all the places she was childless

  12. Thomas Powell — again some good ones.

  13. Brendan Slater — again some good ones.

  14. William Sorlien — I've liked his work for a while. My favorite was his:

       the closest
       I'll ever be
       to sentimental
       a room full of hats
    (though I don't see the need for the linebreak between L2 and L3).

  15. Michelle Tennison - again some good ones.

  16. Scott Terrill.

  17. Julie Warther - good solid work.

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