The Woman Who Has Eaten the Moon 
Poems by
Lucinda Grey
    

Frida Kahlo

Winner of the Oscar Arnold Young Book Prize: First Place, sponsored by the Poetry Council of North Carolina

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The Woman Who Has Eaten The Moon, 85 pages, ISBN 1893239276  softcover, $14.00.

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Federico García Lorca and Frida Kahlo live again in this startling collection of poems which explore the sexual and spiritual mysteries that are a part of each of us.  Few have the ability to write about these subjects with the stark subtlety and grace of Lucinda Grey.
 
The second section of this book is composed of Grey's award-winning Ribbon Around a Bomb, poems in the persona of Frida Kahlo.

   
  
Praise for The Woman Who Has Eaten the Moon ---
 
 Lucinda Grey understands our desires too well. A sensualist, she moves from Federico García Lorca to Frida Kahlo and then to the poet's own life with astonishing aplomb, resplendent in her lyricism, offhand in her wisdom. Reading these fierce poems, one can only want to be changed with the poet, "into the fabulous beasts/we were meant to be." That such a writer knows so much about love's labors and losses proves unnerving---and thrilling!
                               --- Alan Michael Parker
  
Some poetry takes place far from the poet's body. Not Lucinda Grey's. Hers is a poetry of breasts, womb, thighs, and how they can live like small animals or flowers. Some poets rely on intellect for their effects, but Grey's poetry is flamenco, the stuff of small dark bars in which a slightly seedy dancer stamps out to gypsy guitar, the twinned rhythms of love and lament. Sit down. Order yourself a glass of jerez. Open this book.
                               --- Lola Haskins
  
These poems of physical love, artistic ecstasy, and loss are passionate, lyrical, and full of mysteries in which the heart is "that determined mussel / spinning luster from abrasion." Traveling the world, Grey explores landscape as sexual as well as spiritual, culture as artistic struggle as well as political exertion, all of it part of a tapestry of desire. In France, in Spain, in Mexico, and in her own heart, Grey discovers longing as definition. The second section's poems in the voice of Frida Kahlo is nothing short of stunning. 
                                 --- Betty Adcock

 
  

From the Book---

Blood Oranges

I arrange these crescent
moons along your thighs,
take each one slowly
into my mouth, press
the swollen fruit with my tongue,
offering you the juice
until we are infused
with the same blood that rises
to blossom in the tree.

My life is no longer divided—
waking and dreaming the same.
I probe my thumb
into the tender navel of an orange—
it opens like all the petals of my body.