Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria by Eleanor Levine
In Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria, Eleanor Levine has crafted a collection of poetry that will challenge her readers to view their pasts through a new lens: one that is untainted by regret, shame, or fear. She invites her readers to reflect on the honesty in the desire, love, and pain that have driven their lives by following the journeys of narrators using the same lens to view their own lives. A daughter worries about her father buried deep in the ground, alone except for the cicadas that cover the ground every seventeen years. A mother attends Wagnerian acupuncture lessons and struggles to maintain the sanctity of her children’s Jewish heritage even as it slips into the cracks of passing time. A sister laments the monotony of her brother’s chosen lifestyle but wonders if the commotion of her own life merits any higher worth. A woman faces rejection and acceptance from the women she desires as sexual and emotional companions. The quiet moments of life are on display in this collection that refuses to accept that the past is something to be ashamed of. Deeply personal and joyfully candid, Waitress at the Red Moon Pizzeria is an invitation to look beyond the mistakes and missteps that lead us to believe our histories might be nightmares.
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"Daring, brave poetry written by an East Coaster. You can really feel the life of the speaker as it relates to location. I plan to get this one signed by Levine at her upcoming reading in New York!"
"This is one unique, hilarious, tragic, EVOCATIVE collection. The poem of the title is the centerpiece of the book & a brilliant novella unto itself. Eleanor Levine is a quirky wordsmith of the first order - her poems are filled with poignance, brilliant imagery, whacky humor & enormous heart. She lays her heart & soul bare for all of us to see, & the world she conjures up is one I will be happy to revisit, again & again."
"This book is a triumphant proclamation of the very relevance of poetry in the 21st century. The author to take us into her past without subjecting us to the disease of nostalgia. Somehow, she manages to accomplish this all while tenderly holding our hand and smacking us in the head with an arrhythmic alternating frequency. Not satisfied with observational notes on the journey, we are taken along to feel the pain, laugh at the absurdity, and continually wonder where she will take us next. Personally, I cannot wait to find out."