Each Day There Is a Little Love in a Book For You is an exploration through the vagaries of love and its languages – its stanzas are improvisational and often elliptical. In their different linguistic registers, the poem is neither interpretive nor analytic but “presentational”: each stanza seems to track the mind’s shifting metaphors from one moment to the next. Sometimes, the diction is fierce, sometimes tender; at other times, rational, then suddenly fantastic: “a girl hunts for a story / she hunts with her knife /she kills a thousand /creatures stabbing / the dark.” This strikingly original poem is far from the poetic commonplace as it traverses the shifting modes of feeling and perception
From the Foreword
"This poem was composed over the course of a very cold evening. My intention was to fill an entire three-by-three-inch leatherbound book that I had received from a friend who had recently returned from India. I reasoned that it would be easier to fill the book in a series of small poems conceived in one evening — one mood, by one moon — than to approach it with the sporadic attention a regular notebook receives."
LILY HERMAN was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She received a Silver Award from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts for Short Fiction in 2007. A short collection of poems, Better than some, not as good as some others, was published by Furniture Press Books in 2011. She currently lives in Laramie, Wyoming.
Each Day There Is a Little Love in a Book For You
by Lily Herman
vi + 30 pp., 5 x 7-1/2
Washington Indpendent Review