Me as She by Emily Berregaard
A review by Brett A. Maddux
This is a book of brief snapshots. There is power in the way it uses brevity to let it wash over you, like a small tidal wave that pulls you into some large ocean.
In this one you lose everything.
In this one you don't even even see it coming. Maybe this is a photograph of you in the August of your 27th year. Your face is the same face. Maybe you do something different with your hair.
This is a poem about seeing yourself in hindsight.
This is a journey of fear and intimacy, some primal urgency to the way you take control of the body. How it moves, pulses, vibrates between desire and terror. Taking ownership over the way your own story is told, cataloged by visual cues of how you look in photographs. what you wear over your own flesh. It weaves visuals over old wounds, over new fears, over deliberate phrasing.
For as little as I know, I read the first poem as hearing your name in someone else's song, their poem, a painting, a story they tell about a love they once had. How it feels to be whittled down to a passing mention. Compressing two years, five, a decade, into a line about what someone did or did not know about themselves. You are their form of reflection. You could be anyone.
I read the rest [of the poems] as a steady reclaiming of the first person. You are not a character in someone else's story.
This is a poem about seeing yourself.
You are the leading character. Other humans pass through, the way wind does through a meadow; the way a boat does through an ocean; the way worlds orbit the sun. And yet no one describes the meadow by the wind, nor do they say an ocean exists for the boat, nor does the sun burn for some planet's sake.
You are the meadow.
You are the sea.
You are the sun.
Silk House Sunday Mixes
Silk House Sunday Mix 04 - Emily Roll & Fred Thomas 8/13/2017
Silk House Sunday Mix 03 - Emily Berregaard & M. Harrison 7/16/2017
Silk House Sunday Mix 02 - Angelo Harmsworth 6/18/2017
Silk House Sunday Mix 01 - Emily Berregaard & Lack 5/21/2017
The Lenses Used to View Women Series
The 3rd edition of the Lenses to View Women series presents "Liver Poems" - a poignant book of poetry by Marie Claire Bryant of Nambe', NM.
The 1st edition of the Lenses to View Women series presents Ann Arbor, Michigan's Derek Felten, who portrays an often contentions topic in dry and facetious indifference as he limns God and her ghosts at the time of creation.
The short story, Monadology, is printed on 8x10 creamy cardstock and will appear in his collection of short stories, forthcoming from Silk House in August 2017.
regent by Brett A. Maddux
Silk House Publishing is officially sold out of 'regent' by Brett A. Maddux.
Remaining copies of the book can be found at Literati Bookstore & Nicola's Books.
Thank you to the hundreds of individuals who have supported Silk House + Brett Maddux's first publication.
Filming by Maya Ojalvo
Created by Maya Oren
We've teamed up with Thomson-Shore to create our first paper publication! We feel so lucky to work with a printer and bindery in our neck of the woods.
Photograph taken in August of 2016 during an inspiring tour of the printing plant in Dexter, Michigan.