Sterlington resident Lenore Weiss has written a new book of poetry called “Two Places.”
The first section of the book explores love in a series of poems told through the voice of Genghis Khan's first wife. According to Weiss, her inspiration for this section came from a museum exhibit in San Hose that the Ambassador of Mongolia had helped put together and from a trip she took to Istanbul. The second section is based around her family background and her Jewish heritage.
“Lenore Weiss has captured the essence of the persona poem in Börte, the wife of Genghis Khan, but she takes it one step further by creating a series of narrative poems set in modern-day Istanbul, Louisiana, and New York, which are shown through the eyes of a Jewish-American poet,” Matthew E. Silverman, author and editor of Bloomsbury's “Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry” and poetry editor at Blue Lyra Review said. “The genius is in the balance between the lyric and the settings, between the strong voice and the sense of time and love where we feel days [that] stick in [the] throat. Weiss delves into 'the fissure of [the] heart' and the reader can’t help but dive in.”
Jack Heflin, author and editor of Turnbow books, also gave his take on the collection.
“The delightful poems from 'Two Places' bear out the best of what proceeds from travel, the lucky sightings of the unforgettable, our enlarged compassion for lives we could never have imagined,” Heflin said. “It is faith, in its many manifestations, the smoke hole of a Tartar tent opening onto stars, a whirling Dervish, or a Yahrzeit candle lit for her father. Whether crossing the Bay Bridge to Oakland or walking the bayous of Louisiana, Weiss carries in her fine, attentive eye the attitude of praise.”
Weiss moved to the Sterlington area about two years ago to be with family. She is originally from New York but spent most of her adult life in the San Francisco bay area where she completed a Masters Degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
“I've always been writing,” Weiss said.
Her work has been published in many journals including San Francisco Peace and Hope, Poetica, Magazine, The Portland Review, La Más Tequila Review, Digital Americana, The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Nimrod International Journal, Copper Nickel and Bridges: A Jewish Feminist Journal. She currently teaches memoir writing in Monroe at the Ouachita Parish Library.
She has had several collections published in the past including "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (Finishing Line Press, 2011), “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (Pudding House Publications, 2007), and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets & Writers as a finalist in California Voices contest and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal.
For more insight into the author, visit her blog at www.lenoreweiss.com.
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