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PRE-ORDER: Spellbook for the Sabbath Queen

PRE-ORDER: Spellbook for the Sabbath Queen

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**PRE-ORDER** Forthcoming publication date: May 2, 2023

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Spellbook for the Sabbath Queen, by Elisheva Fox

How can we build meaningful lives within limits beyond our control? Spellbook for the Sabbath Queen explores this question across several themes: intimate relationships, religious belief, and our own longings for home. The Gulf Coast and East Texas landscapes provide a vivid backdrop for navigating a world in which the speaker of these poems seeks authentic connection, while Jewish mysticism provides a tradition that grounds her own grief in a community long acquainted with exile and isolation. Part psalter, part Sapphic verse, this debut collection evokes the spirit of Emily Dickinson while calling the reader to prayer for a life fully lived.

Elisheva Fox is a poet with roots firmly planted in Texan soil. A finalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, she has also been nominated for Best of the Net; her work has appeared in Rust + Moth, Paper Brigade, Strange Horizons, and Sand Hills Literary Magazine, among others. This is her first collection of poems.

Praise for Spellbook for the Sabbath Queen:

"To read Fox’s work is to enter an honest and open exploration of the most intimate parts of ourselves and the knowledge—and beauty—that blooms there. From spiritual longing to longing for a friendship to become something deeper to a glorious exploration of Sappho’s vocabulary of flowers, these stunning poems travel the length of the rainbowed arc connecting all who dare to be who they truly are. These poems speak not just to the necessity of living in full honesty but also its beauty, in which even sorrow has its place: 'after all, / you might never have seen / the rainbows crowding your heart / without the bleak help of / clouds.'"

—Emma Bolden, author of The Tiger and the Cage: A Memoir of a Body in Crisis



    • Publication Date: May 2, 2023
    • Trim size: 6x9 inches
    • 94 pages
    • ISBN: 978-1-960215-00-0

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