Eurydice Sings is a collection of feminist speculative poetry featuring heroines and goddesses from familiar and newly-forged myths and fairy-tales. In these pages kitsunes prowl, snow brides refuse to melt, Red Riding Hood's grandmother reveals her unorthodox history, and Isis revels in a mortal love--on her own terms, while Orpheus' muse gets her chance to do more than simply inspire.
“Are you ready to earn the crimson hood? For those of us who cut our teeth on fairy tales and myths as children, the taste for them never really goes away. Our appetites only grow more complex—a need to dig deeper, to shred skins that no longer suit, to get to the marrow. From fox-skinned girls and feathered queens to enduring ghosts and goddesses, Sandi Leibowitz shows us the familiar in new and often uncomfortable ways. We see our sisters and ourselves here, and we wrestle with the need to speak (or sing, or scream) our truths. Deliciously transgressive, EURYDICE SINGS gives voice to the primal, the vengeful, and the hungry at the heart of our beloved stories.”
~ Shannon Connor Winward, author of Elgin-awarded winning chapbook UNDOING WINTER and TO THE TOUCH; editor RIDDLED WITH ARROWS; winner of 2016 Dwarf Star Award, 2018 Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Artist Fellowship in Fiction
“Fairy tales and myths are not for children or the faint of heart. In EURYDICE SINGS, Leibowitz guides us across the threshold and into a realm of darkness, power, pain, and heart-aching beauty. Highly recommended. … A widely-published speculative poet, Leibowitz is skilled at taking familiar stories and pulling out unexpected elements or points of view, particularly in regards to the experiences and voices of women. Leibowitz delves deep into the original stories, dragging hidden horrors, surprising connections, and unconscious prejudices into the open. … Throughout the collection, Leibowitz’ use of color and texture and sound is haunting and hypnotic. Her poems are filled with “cobalt-glass lamps,” hair as “brown as elm-bark” and “gold as clover honey,” “vermillion shimmering to turmeric,” and “the undergleam of deeps shaded / by coral forests / and the dreams of whales.” The result is a sumptuous feast for the imagination.”
~ Rebecca Buchanan, author of A WITCH AMONG WOLVES & OTHER PAGAN TALES; editor of THE SHINING CITIES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF PAGAN SCIENCE FICTION, ETERNAL HAUNTED SUMMER
“These beautifully wrought poems recast familiar tales in a different light. Highly recommended. Leibowitz’s skillful touch makes these a pleasure to read.”
~ Rhonda Parrish, editor of FAE, NITEBLADE, ELEMENTAL ANTHOLOGIES, ALPHABET ANTHOLOGIES, METASTASIS; assistant editor, World Weaver Press
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sandi Leibowitz lives with two ghost-dogs in a raven’s wood, next door to bogles in New York City. She works as an elementary-school librarian, and sings classical and early music. She has ridden in a hot-air balloon over the Rio Grande, followed in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims on the trail to Santiago de Compostela, and visited with Arthur in Avalon.
Author of the poetry collection The Bone-Joiner, Sandi’s speculative fiction and verse may be found in Metaphorosis, Liminality, Through the Gate, Luna Station Quarterly, Mythic Delirium, Kaleidotrope, Gaia: Shadow and Breath 3, Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Apex, Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year 5, and other magazines and anthologies. Her poems have won second and third place Dwarf Star Awards, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Rhysling, and Best of the Net awards. Sandi invites you to visit her at “In the Raven’s Wood,” www.sandileibowitz.com.
48 pages, 22 poems
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