Quercus Review Press

Small House Breathing by Claire Zoghb

Small House Breathing by Claire Zoghb

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“Claire Zoghb’s poems move between cities, among languages, and across dangerous terrain where boundaries shift and allegiances are always in question. Yet, although the complicated relationships that inform this riveting collection are fraught with ambiguity, and the terms of engagement—both private and public—are difficult, each poem contains at its core her hard messages of love, like the seeds in the apple her lover consumes whole.” —Marie Harris, New Hampshire Poet Laureate, 1999-2004

“Deeply rooted in place, poems in Claire Zoghb’s  Small House Breathing are messengers of shadow, but also messengers of light [. . .].  What unites this intense and compelling collection is Zoghb’s knowledge that what finally joins generations and different cultures is the human spirit which refuses to let passion and laughter get swallowed even in a world that threatens to drown out song.  Teaching us how to stay centered, how to rise, the music and wisdom in this shimmering collection of poems linger first in the ear, but finally anchor in the heart.” —Vivian Shipley

“Love poems come in many forms, and Claire Zoghb’s, first full-length collection, Small House Breathing, is first and foremost a book of love poems [. . .].  These poems form a tapestry that is sometimes tragic, often poignant, sometimes outside of and keenly observant, sometimes inside of and empathically imagined— and always loving [. . .].  What Zoghb knows is that love is declared and confirmed and honored by story.  At the same time, these poems reveal a truer, broader definition of family, one that can reach across the divides of oceans, cultures, generations and can make a home of the entirely unfamiliar.  There is passion in these poems—fierce and solemn and tender, and a dazzling hope.” —Pit Pinegar

“Claire Zoghb’s meticulously formed poems bear witness to the textures of individual lives and communities.  They are muscular, compassionate, and unafraid of the dark.  Zoghb’s poems embody a sensuous, particular world and simultaneously penetrate its mysteries.” —Margaret Lloyd

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