the moon won’t be dared by anne leigh parrish with collages by lydia selk
the moon won’t be dared is a poetry collection by award-winning author Anne Leigh Parrish that features artwork by Lydia Selk. In this momentous debut collection, the poet harnesses language to give readers a new vision of nature, the impossible plight of womanhood, love, aging, and beauty. Being a woman in a male-dominated society affords Anne Leigh Parrish the space to witness the world on an uneven keel. Parrish pays tribute to beauty, but also weaves the harsh truths of betrayal and brutality into the filaments holding the collection together.
Publication Date: 10/14/2021
From the Book
circle or line?
round or straight?
what did einstein stay?
the universe bends in on itself, or
relates only to itself
i don’t know
but even a lizard remembers and is
pulled back around
and the memory held in my larger,
more deeply folded brain
cries to visit its hinterland, its former place
as easily as the world circles from
one day to the next
Praise for Anne Leigh Parrish
Anne Leigh Parrish’s poems in The Moon Won’t Be Dared are an extended meditation that weaves through time and humanity, injustices and struggles, but with an eye towards love and beauty. These captivating poems carry an underlining ache of loss—past and future—but they are grounded in the present, in beetle and spider, in river and forest, in the windows that look into the yard. Parrish writes we can only burn slowly over time, and we see this book is full of light—fire, streetlight, smokelight, garden light, twilight, starlight, and in fact, darkness/becomes light when the world bears us/along. This is a voice willing to convey what isn’t working in the world, but also to always acknowledge what is—a child of the night/who lived on moonlight and cold sparkle stars. Parrish’s poems feed us, and they will hold us long enough/to tinge the dawn with hope.
--Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Dialogues with Rising Tides (Copper Canyon Press).