Excerpt from review of Jane Ebihara’s A Reminder of Hunger and Wings

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The following review by Tiferet Poetry Editor Adele Kenny of Jane Ebihara’s A Reminder of Hunger and Wings appears in our Fall/Winter 2019 issue. Purchase this single issue in print or digital format to read the rest of Adele’s review and more!

Jane Ebihara’s poems in A Reminder of Hunger and Wings are those of a mature woman who has worked through loss and longing with resilience and determination. Her examined and realized life is deftly expressed through finely crafted language and richly layered imagery.

The collection opens with the poet’s first memory.

From “First Memory” (p. 1)

she hears her mother call
but stands
still as stone

her first memory
this one
of quiet rebellion

Throughout this collection, that quiet rebellion carries Ebihara through memories that bring back what she’s lost and gained in coming to terms with heartache and in rebuilding her life.

JANE EBIHARA is a retired teacher living in Allamuchy, NJ. She is the author of two poetry collections, A Little Piece of Mourning and A Reminder of Hunger and Wings (both from Finishing Line Press). She is the recipient of a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Adanna, Tiferet, U.S. 1 Worksheets, and The Stillwater Review.

 

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