Lore: A Review

Endless thanks to Poet and Editor Sarah Kersey for this wonderful review of my chapbook Lore! I am deeply grateful for her insight and her ability to make me see my poems in a new light.

Sarah Kersey

M. Stone is my favorite modern poet. This collection is a gem. In my mind, her regional writing in Lore is just as significant as Faulkner’s,  Joyce’s, Derek Walcott’s, Gwendolyn Brooks’, I could go on and on…

What is so beautiful and impactful about regional writing is that it unites people. The work often illuminates fundamental truths that transcend location. Lore is no exception, especially given its title. “Lore” is an oral tradition. This can be illustrated by the fact that many different cultures, across different time periods, have a story about one man and his family surviving a global deluge (among other examples). The harrowing, gut-wrenching, grabbing accounts in Stone’s collection are ones that we all know because we have personally lived them, know people who have, through reading, through word of mouth, or even through empathy. She skillfully writes in a multitude of voices. If the reader tried…

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Evolving God: A Reflection

Poet and Editor Sarah Kersey shares her thoughts about my recently published micro-chapbook, Evolving God. I’m honored by her generous and insightful reading of these poems.

Sarah Kersey

Evolving God by M. Stone was released as part of Ghost City Press’ summer micro-chapbook series on June 21, 2018. This book was the sole reason I subscribed to the recipient list in the first place. M. Stone’s poetry is stirring and brilliant, and the prospect of reading a collection of hers was an opportunity I did not want to miss.

Stone’s collection explores her changing relationship with God. It chronicles her life from the age of three, to the age of thirty seven. It spoke to me deeply on a personal level as a writer and a human being, in a way that is difficult to put into words. I have often had internal sparring sessions that go something like this:

Q: Is being religious incompatible with being a poet in the 21st century?

A: No.

Q: Does being non-religious, formerly religious, or atheist/agnostic make a person more…

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