A drop of red on the wooden cutting board
and now the dilemma of cleaning
Long matchsticks in the pickling crock—
“Pentimento is a well-crafted chapbook that contemplates the frayed end of things just as masterfully as it examines love’s illuminated beginnings. Each poem carefully weaves a greater narrative of what it means to lose someone — in spirit, in body, while also exploring what it means to leave and be left behind. This chapbook is earthy, painterly, and introspective, soberly interrogating trauma, war, guilt, and death while also steadfastly celebrating love, family, and the gleaming importance of joy."
— Safiya Sinclair, judge of the 2017 Poetry Chapbook Competition
Alysse Kathleen McCanna is currently pursuing her PhD in English at Oklahoma State University. She is Associate Editor of Pilgrimage Magazine and received her MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College in 2015. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from poets.org, Lunch Ticket, Barrow Street, The Boiler, Boulevard, Midwestern Gothic, and other journals. She lives in Stillwater, OK, where she and her husband bask in the heat of the prairie and tend to their growing menagerie.
Book design by Natalie Eilbert.