Review: Falling Forward

Leah Angstman
Jun 26, 2016 · 3 min read
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[ … ]
I wait on the porch
to avoid the silence
that creeps
around the house
on ghost paws.
[ … ]

to using kitchen utensils to relate communication to significant others across a breakfast table:

[ … ]
You stir your coffee
with the handle of a butter knife:
this is how you tell me
that you’re not listening.
[ … ]

to providing insight into a comfortable, yet antsy, marriage with all its questions and compromises:

[ … ]
Maybe it’s marriage,
not the heat wave,
that makes us lazy.
In protest to “cereal again,”
you kneel beside me,
pour milk into
my bellybutton.
While dredging with
my thumbnail,
I can’t help thinking
about all the cows
swatting flies with their tails,
waiting to be hooked up
to a machine
that will empty the milk
from their swollen utters.

and all the differences in emotion, follow-through, and reactions of men and women:

[ … ] you wrap gifts and
stack them into piles without regard for crushed
bows. [ … ],

Schumejda has it nailed, the human side, the ah-yes moments, the words that say what every woman has thought a thousand times and is thinking right this moment.

[ … ]
My mother handles conversation like
good china and religion — takes it out
on holidays, but prefers to dine on paper
plates and drink red wine from plastic cups.
[ … ]

and to invite many interpretations of the repeating line “the truth is too heavy,” ringing loudly with both religious and everyday life connotations, charging into other parallels of people and nature, of birds going after earthworms the way the author goes after her partner’s toast crust, both leaving little left over until the spring can come again.

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Leah Angstman

Written by

Transplanted Midwesterner; EIC of Alternating Current Press; reviewer at Publishers Wkly; CNF & fiction writer and poet. Find her at http://leahangstman.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Leah Angstman

Written by

Transplanted Midwesterner; EIC of Alternating Current Press; reviewer at Publishers Wkly; CNF & fiction writer and poet. Find her at http://leahangstman.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

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