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5.5 by 8.5 inches | 20 pp
978-1-926655-91-8 | $10.00

Celestial Bodies

Laura Apol

Winner of the Canadian Prize in the Overleaf Chapbook Manuscript Competition, Winter 2015.

The thirteen full moons that make up a full calendar year each have various names assigned by native people, farmers, pagans and mystics. These names often reflect the seasonal schedule for hunting, planting and harvesting; they evoke and invoke plants, animals, weather, human activities, and gods.

Celestial Bodies draws from these lunar labels. The cycle of poems begins and ends with July, and traces a year of full moons that parallel and illuminate a new and unfolding relationship


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Laura Apol is an associate professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches poetry, writing, and literature in face-to-face, international, and online environments. In addition to numerous professional publications, she is the author of three collections of her own poems: Falling into Grace, Crossing the Ladder of Sun (winner of the Oklahoma Book Award), and Requiem, Rwanda, her newest collection, drawn from her work using writing to facilitate healing among survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, translated into Kinyarwanda under the title Emwe N'imvura Irabyibuka (Even the Rain Remembers).

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