Foraging for Light
This poetry volume explores themes of loss and grief, the complexities of familial relationships, the struggles with coping with aging parents with dementia, the mourning that comes after their deaths, the significance of memory, and the struggle to maintain feelings of hope and resilience. The volume encompasses different forms of loss--from feminist poems that depict women's silencing and agency, to moments of grief and mourning, to questions of aging, to meditations on family photographs that explore the back stories of her parents' characters and experiences before the poet was born, and finally, to extended meditations on moments of resilience and hope. The volume ends with the idea of the need for "foraging for light," for embracing moments of being, joy, and artistry. Notable in the volume is its hybridity--its range of forms from lyric poems to prose poetry, persona and ekphrastic poems, and ghazals. The stylistic variety makes for an enriching poetic reading experience.