“Her new book shines with a soul-light that we can bask in, that reaches into our hearts, into the darkness, and out into the Milky Way.”–Gary Lawless.

Poet and co-owner of Gulf of Maine Books Gary Lawless wrote the following review of ‘where i come from the fish have souls’ & event announcement:

Lisa Panepinto will read from her new book of poems “where I come from the fish have souls” (Spuyten Duyvil Press) at Gulf of Maine Books on Friday, July 26.

I love almost every poem Lisa Panepinto writes.

Lisa, who says, in her poem “let’s give thanks”:

“I want to live in moss
with mountain pollen
and balsam scent on my skin.”

Lisa who says in the book’s introduction:
“I envision “where I come from the fish have souls” as a place of equality and justice where the sacred earth and all living beings are revered and it’s recognized we share a holy connection to the life-giving sun, water, air, ground, and stars. I feel unable to truly rest in this awareness until all people and the land are treated with fairness and allowed freedom.”

Lisa who says of poetry, later in the preface:
“I aim to use poetry as a sense-making process, bear witness, and promote human rights. I also seek to express my relationship with the earth, which I’ve experienced as living breathing light since I was a child.”

Her new book shines with a soul-light that we can bask in, that reaches into our hearts, into the darkness, and out into the Milky Way.

Here is the title poem from the book:

where I come from

running through ferns diving into the sea
a fisherman appears puts wire into me

I lie on the rocks cover myself with salt water
and kelp play harp

there’s always a river circling
and my heart is the sea
a thousand times a day with sun and wind and rain

all I am I give hurricane light
the coral light gold of my return

the tide moves me sings through me
brings ecstatic wind a blessing rain
where I come from the fish have souls
(lisa panepinto)

review by Gary Lawless

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where i come from the fish have souls

my new poetry collection where i come from the fish have souls was published by Spuyten Duyvil!

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The poems in lisa panepinto’s where i come from the fish have souls tie resonate with ancient spirits as well as contemporary voices of the poor, the Indigenous peoples, the disenfranchised youth, the forgotten elderly, and those who have found moments of love despite all the madness. These profound, stunning, tightly-wrought poems weave subjects of environment, racism, nature, and music into a greater whole of shattering art that echoes long after reading. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” -Kat Georges, author, Our Lady of the Hunger and Three Somebodies: Plays About Notorious Dissidents

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Copies are available from the fabulous small press Spuyten Duyvil or indie bookstores Blue Hill Books and Gulf of Maine Books.