They thought I was raving again. It's just as well.
— Annie Dillard, Holy the Firm (1974)
The Lune’s Summer edition features three short collections of new, expansive lyric poetry: Laura Chalar's Our Lady of Obligations, Ginger Teppner's I Should Have Been Linen, and Alicia Cahalane Lewis's The Fish Turned the Waters Over so the Birds Would Have a Sky. Ranging in style from metrical stanzas to American haiku to prose fragments (whose original bodies exist sonically online), each collection deftly recasts the passing colloquial gesture—a memory, a sensation, a reflex, a guess—as a living piece of narrative moment.
As a triune entity, Summer is persevering and patient, unafraid of distance, enlivened by spontaneity, and full of assurance. Whereas the cumulative details of experience might lie prostrate in certain patterns—loss unto grief, belief unto doubt—Chalar, Teppner, and Lewis show us how to turn the mind over (like soil) and let light shine through shards of language.
Learn more about each author below. And explore our special production of Lewis's audio recordings: BIRDS FLY.
is a wolfish poet mother. She received her BA in Cultural Studies from Empire State College and her MFA in Creative Writing from The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics of Naropa University. Her work has appeared in Bombay Gin, Erasure, Semicolon, Upstairs at Duroc, Phylogeny, Shambhala Times, Not enough Night, Yew Journal, and more. Read more: "On Contemplative Being" (Shambhala Times)
Alicia Cahalane Lewis
is a poet and Master of Masters Reiki practitioner. In 2013, she graduated from Naropa University with an MFA in Creative Writing, and while there, her work featured in Not Enough Night. Aware of her tie to the Valley that goes back nine generations, she recently returned after a twenty-five year hiatus in Maine where she raised two daughters. Her first chapbook, nebulous beginnings and strings, was published in 2016 by Tattered Press.
I must keep angler-still
and lure the words back—
not mine but yours—
entice them to a glow
[ Laura Chalar ]
Dream task related to water
Being after the rain
To recover a portion
Her soft green remainder
[ Ginger Teppner ]
[ Alicia Cahalane Lewis ]