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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