Take the Long Way Home by Martina Reisz Newberry
Title: Take the Long Way Home
Author: Martina Reisz Newberry
Tentative Publication Date: 8/8/17
About the Collection
Take the Long Way Home addresses the various paths and pathologies that take us from where we are to where we may be going.
"Alexis Rhone Fancher, author of HOW I LOST MY VIRGINITY TO MICHAEL COHEN AND OTHER HEART STAB POEMS, and STATE OF GRACE says: “Women are always displaced persons/born searching for someone/someplace to be.”Martina Reisz Newberry’s fine new collection explores the mixed blessings of a long life,how desire lingers, even as beauty fades. Taking their cue from the seasons and popular songs, the poems sizzle as well as lament…”
A perfect book for end-of-summer reading, this gathering of poems talks, dreams, and ponders with the reader. Think of it as a companion for walks in the woods or along the beach--the staples of summer’s end.
These poems connect. Whether the reader is twenty-five or ninety-five, the theme of finding home and of life changing at every moment is universal and beautifully accessible. "
persona on display in her poems. Mightn’t her poetry be an act? Mightn’t her work be a
series of acts played out as scripted theatre while the poet herself hangs back, amused and
aloof, inspired by unknowable sources? Maybe. Nonetheless, I’m encouraged to convey
my sense of Martina Reisz Newberry’s new book in a single, comprehensive metaphor:
Imagine a passageway of mirrors. Imagine that down an infinitely reflective
hallway, a powerful shock occurs, some great jolt followed by a series of aftershocks.
Thus ordinary, full-length reflections are fragmented, scattered and set gleamingly free of
their older previous settings while they brim, simultaneously, with original light.
In just this fashion, the lyrics collected in Take the Long Way Home appeal to me
as pieces separated from the continuum of Ms. Newberry’s life: they are slivers of past
and present realities displayed by the power of reflection. And what is the combined
purpose of their reflective power? Where along an altered passageway shall Ms.
Newberry’s reader, her interlocutor—her appraiser—find the home to which the book’s
Oh! Nearly there, nearly there…
did you think the black magic
of wind blowing debris tight
against a chain link fence
an overcast afternoon
in February was all
Silly, there are waves
breaking on yellow beaches,
smells of baking bread, light from
a moon too big to hold, long-
haired boys, rock and roll, sex, rites.
Nothing is all there is/was.
Feel the onrush of the train?
There is still that. Step aboard.
…In the writing. I must conclude that Ms. Newberry’s poetry is both the passageway
and the home it seeks. I praise her efforts in that.
William Connelly, author UNCONTESTED GROUNDS
Martina Reisz Newberry’s fine new collection explores the mixed blessings of a long life,
how desire lingers, even as beauty fades. Taking their cue from the seasons and
popular songs, the poems sizzle as well as lament, as in the wonderful “How Summer Comes.”
“For days now, the smallest of joys/have simmered below my belt.’”
These bittersweet poems mine new territory. These poems light the way.
Alexis Rhone Fancher, author of HOW I LOST MY VIRGINITY TO MICHAEL COHEN AND OTHER HEART STAB POEMS, and STATE OF GRACE: THE JOSHUA ELEGIES.
Francesca Bell, Poetry Editor, River Styx
--- Melanie Simms, poet and arts activist. Author of “Remember the Sun,” and “Waking the Muse.”