The editors of Glint Journal have kindly published Leslie Ferguson’s review of my second collection, what she holds in Issue 12, Winter 2021. Ms. Ferguson is a poet, memoirist, and editor. Her new memoir, When I Was Her Daughter (Acorn Publishing, 2021) is available here.
In her intelligent and compassionate commentary on my work, Ms. Ferguson begins:
In this striking, unforgettable book, d. ellis phelps’ simple form and language create a kaleidoscope of the poet’s memory of growing up as the daughter of an abusive man. Ultimately, by doing the heart-breaking work of sifting through her trauma, phelps hopes to discover healing and peace.
As if peeling back layers of a life lived, phelps employs imagery that returns us to the speaker’s childhood again and again, dredging the depths of a past the speaker has tried but failed to forget. In the book’s first poem, “uninvited,” phelps provides a heart-wrenching glimpse into what it means to ache by merely existing in this world—to be born already needing too much—Leslie Ferguson
Thank you, Leslie, for your careful, close reading. & Thanks to the Glint editors who chose to publish this review.