Lowly by Alan Felsenthal
Lowly is part invocation, part invitation. The poems in this debut collection consider death, rebirth, and love, while exploring the symbols that make life bearable. Here, ancient mythology and philosophy are examined through contemporary situations, brought forth by a voice that oscillates between humorous and plaintive tones—“I invent stories. Out of other stories. I can only repeat what I have heard. // A scruple is the enemy of a moment.” Lowly is a restorative work with rhythmic lines that will resonate with the reader long after the book is closed.