What Can I Ask by Elana Dykewomon

The latest title in A Midsummer Night’s Press’ Sapphic Classics series is What Can I Ask, a collection of new and selected poems from Oakland-based lesbian and Jewish activist Elana Dykewomon.

whatcanIaskWhat Can I Ask by Elana Dykewomon; A Midsummer Night’s Press, $18.95

Readers who enjoy the flow of words, the unsuspecting heft of intricate phrasing, and a moment or an emotion conveyed in the space of a simple page will surely enjoy four newly-published poetry offerings.

The latest title in A Midsummer Night’s Press’ Sapphic Classics series is What Can I Ask, a collection of new and selected poems from Oakland-based lesbian and activist Elana Dykewomon. In her introduction, Jewelle Gomez, also a local writer and activist, applauds the collection for its ability to “rekindle the spark for the lapsed poetry reader/revolutionaries of our generation and with any luck ignite a new fire in the next.”

An intimately personal closing essay beautifully describes Dykewomon’s history as a Jewish lesbian struggling with suicidal ideation in her early teens, how and why she adopted her present surname, and how, when alone at night, surrounded by other contemporaries’ manuscripts, she appreciates “the sensation of being rocked in the hammock of lesbian words.”

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