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Forget the Sleepless Shores

Forget the Sleepless Shores

In Forget the Sleepless Shores readers should expect to be captivated by many ghosts and spirits who inhabit brine, some from tears of heartache and loss, some from strange bodies of water, not necessarily found on the map but definitely discovered through charting a course though the perilous straits of author Taaffe's imagination, which is eerie and queer (by every definition of the word).

Sonya Taaffe is possessed of a singular and brilliant voice, one I have admired (and envied) since I first read her work more than a decade ago. Few living authors have brought to the task of building fantasy and science fiction her keen eye for the intricacies of the sublime and the terrible, the erotic and the weird. Fewer still have approached this work with such an undeniable talent. It is not an exaggeration to say she takes my breath away, like a plunge into deep, cold waters. —Caitlín R. Kiernan, World Fantasy and Stoker Award-winning author of The Drowning Girl

Conscience stalks Oppenheimer as a golem of nuclear glass; passion is laid bare beneath a peat bog; fall and fire claim their own. A girl is moth-light to a throng of ghosts. The sea calls, endlessly imperative. The water chooses whom to drown. In Sonya Taaffe's vivid cinema of metamorphoses, the elements themselves have eyes. Watch now and wonder. —Greer Gilman, World Fantasy and James Tiptree Jr. Award-winning author of Cloud & Ashes

Taaffe is a bard on the same shoreline as Marge Piercy, perfect turns of poetry weaving ghosts and sirens down coasts at once familiar and strange. Her exiles, human and otherwise, tell tales of intimate diaspora, intimately observed. I paused often to savor descriptions that captured an experience made new, and lay awake later, word-haunted by these stories. —Ruthanna Emrys, author of Deep Roots

Sonya Taaffe's writing is prose concentrate that, when reconstituted in the vehicle of your mind, leaves you fully sated, fully nourished. Savor the stories of Forget the Sleepless Shores the way you'd contemplate a long-anticipated wine: slowly, languorously, your mind volleying between sensual delight and critical appreciation. And keep savoring: Taaffe's unforgettable mix of poetic language, scientific precision, and microscopic analysis of human longing is simultaneously bountiful and never enough. —Carlos Hernandez, author of The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria

ISBN: 978-1-59021-210-3
Publication Date: 2018
paperback 294 pages
Publisher: Lethe Press



Ghost Signs

Ghost Signs

A lantern hangs for the ghosts, both desolate and numinous. The white road and the black river run down into the dark and return again. In this collection of thirty-six poems and one story, Rhysling Award-winning poet Sonya Taaffe traces the complex paths between the dead, memory, and living. A two-part cycle written over the course of seven years, "Ghost Signs" leads the reader through the underworld of myth to the hauntings of the present, where the shades of Sappho, Alan Turing, and Ludwig Wittgenstein exist alongside Charon, Dido, and The War of the Worlds. "The Boatman's Cure" follows a haunted woman and a dead man as they embark on a road trip through coastal New England, an exorcism at its end. Sharply imagined, deeply personal, Taaffe's work in Ghost Signs is at once an act of remembrance and release.

Sonya Taaffe writes hauntingly of edgelands. Her poetic world lies on both banks of the Acheron, which may be crossed both ways. In Ghost Signs, she writes of uncompleted lives, of the lingering and commingling of the dead with us, the living. Where we meet are borderlands, uncertain spaces: in a saltmarsh, in the mud of trenches, in the realm of numbers, on the edge of sleep. There is darkness; but the journey is upward, into light. A transcendent book. —Greer Gilman, author of Cloud & Ashes

ISBN: 978-1-61976-071-4
Publication Date: 2015
paperback 84 pages
Publisher: Aqueduct Press



A Mayse-Bikhl

A Mayse-Bikhl

This collection of Jewish-themed poems of the fantastic by Sonya Taaffe brings together twenty poems written and published over the course of ten years. They first appeared in such venues as Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, Not One Of Us, Dreams & Nightmares and more, and "Domovoi, I Came Back!" was nominated for the 2011 Rhysling Award. Curated by Rose Lemberg and introduced by Jeannelle M. Ferreira, this work is a testament to an abiding tradition, sometimes flourishing and sometimes salvaged from ruin.

Here are almost a decade's worth of poems, curated by the author and Rose Lemberg. They tap an abiding cultural well; they are folk tales, mermaid-mayses, they are the richly hued wares of those who have traded in small, bright, enduring objects for a thousand years. Ms. Taaffe knows how to please the reading eye and linger in the senses, to charm by a sound, to sketch an inheritance with ash and fire and with sweetness. By turns intimate, elegiac, singing, and seeking, these poems are full of truth. They are deeply and completely Jewish poems, though to say that is to reach above one’s height for the emet written in the clay. Perhaps all Jewish texts look backward, inward, into dreams and the dark: better the wolf you know. These are poems for those who have known the wolf. Memory, wire-sharp and gallows-cold, is here, and the last notes of songs the whole world has forgotten. Orpheus is here too, Amazons, tzaddikim, dybbukim, small gods, and tummlers; the weighted grey of the diaspora; the warm golden stones of Jerusalem. It is all yours for the taking. —Jeannelle M. Ferreira, author of A Verse from Babylon

ISBN: 1907881131, 9781907881138
Publication Date: 2015
paperback 31 pages
Publisher: Papaveria Press



Singing Innocence and Experience

Singing Innocence and Experience

The Devil's School lies down this way. Lot's wife knows your name. Hearts hang in the scales, flesh and clay are one and the same, and the severed head of Orpheus sings in winter waves. In award-winning poet Sonya Taaffe's first collection of short fiction, the boundaries between worlds dissolve to reveal unmasked harlequins and women made of stars, serpentine plagues and New England storm gods, and many other denizens of the spaces between. These songs of innocence and experience, Blake never knew.

ISBN-10: 0809544792
ISBN-13: 978-0809544790
Publication Date: 2005
paperback 272 pages
Publisher: Prime Books



Postcards from the Province of Hyphens

Postcards from the Province of Hyphens

Postcards from the Province of Hyphens marks the debut of Sonya Taaffe's first full-length collection, with nearly fifty poems and prose pieces, including the Rhysling award-winning and -nominated poems, "Matlacihuatl's Gift," "Storm Gods of the Connecticut River Valley," "Green Fuses," "Harlequin, Lonely," and more.

ISBN-10: 0809544873
ISBN-13: 978-0809544875
Publication Date: 2005
paperback 112 pages
Publisher: Prime Books