"a book which earns its keep in the realm of immortals"

Written by Shara Atashi for Writers Mosaic on Thursday, November 30th, 2023

Having dedicated Bath of Herbs to her mother, Emily Zobel Marshall brings her back to the mortal realm in a ritual of gratitude. With this first poem, a process of transformation begins to give new shape and voice to grief and yearning. From the bath, the purpose of which is to calm the turmoil of birth, a new daughter is born. The mother appears now as a heartbeat, now as a vision, now as a breath. And these illusions are far more real than the reality which awaits us when we must part with and bury a loved one. 

...here’s a book which earns its keep in the realm of immortals, just as the realm of immortals earns its keep in the book through reflection.