Contributor Update, Emily Banks

Join Superstition Review in congratulating past contributor Emily Banks on the publication of her poetry collection, Mother Water. Emily’s poetry collection covers a wide range of topics and emotions as well as features poems from her past work with Superstition Review, including “Poem for the Juvenile Cardinals” and “On the M15 Bus” from Issue 22.

Mother Water centers on maternal inheritance in literal and figurative forms. Through its water motif, the book traces the speaker’s transformations as she absorbs, and often resists, lessons from the women who guide her. The poems explore the speaker’s sense of self through feminine genealogy and her mother’s voice, the mother figure becoming simultaneously nurturing and threatening, teaching her daughter to survive in a perilous world. Coming-of-age poems are here, too, and poems exploring gender mystique, balance, relationship, and understanding. The book’s last section considers how we are altered by loss and how that alteration challenges our notions of both individual subjectivity and bodily autonomy.

University of Washington Press

Click here to order your own copy of Mother Water. Also, be sure to check out Emily’s website and Twitter as well as her past Guest Post.

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6 thoughts on “Contributor Update, Emily Banks

  • February 10, 2021 at 11:23 am

    “Mother Water” seems like an interesting collection of poems that explore one of the most important part of anyone’s life: their relationship with their mother and maternal figures.

  • February 15, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Wow! Sounds really interesting. I would love to check out some of those coming-of-age poems.

  • February 16, 2021 at 9:47 am

    I am sucker for coming of age stories, I have to admit though I don’t have a knack for poetry. Still I think it would be an interesting read.

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