Square Feet, published by Accents Publishing, explores the domestic spaces--emotional, psychological, and physical--within a wounded relationship. A variety
of poetic speakers* shape the narrative arc, offering internal and external perspectives. The collection contains 59 poems, some of which have been published in literary journals such as Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems, Black Dahlia Journal, Caper Literary Journal, New Mirage Journal, Ragazine, r.kv.ry, and Steel Toe Review. "Place Settings," from Square Feet, is a Pushcart Prize nominee.
*The Poetry Foundation has a great article, by Kathleen Rooney, on the role of a poem's speaker
From the back cover:
Each of Lori A. May's vivid aphoristic poems in Square Feet raises a miniature window into a moment of marriage or domestic life. Unadorned and unafraid, May's lines recreate these scenes of love and angst in dioramas of plain words and short lines. Square Feet gives us sex and despair, yes, but also quizzical whimsy. The truths of wry surprises make these poems the work of a mature heart and a trenchant tongue.
- Molly Peacock, author of The Second Blush (WW Norton, 2008)
Within the square footage of ordinary domestic space, Lori A. May reveals a world of wonder where "wedding dishes gather dust" and a couple speaks "of kindle,/matches, seeds." As she takes her reader beyond the closed doors of a starter home, May reveals the shifting seasons of married life, creating an empathetic portrait of a young couple buoyed by ambition, shattered by loss, yet determined to start anew. With wit and wisdom, Square Feet pays incisive tribute to those unsung "reminders of lips/and fingers and tongues/busy with the ceremony/of feasting."
- Jane Satterfield, author of Her Familiars (Elixir, 2013)
The resilient poems in Lori A. May's Square Feet understand that we should never denigrate the everyday since our lives are made up of it. Dish-washing, furnishing a first home, late suppers and dinner parties, building balance into a relationship, cats on the sill, the parental visit, the possibility of childlessness, gardening, and shopping, the day-to-day exists here in the fullness of its metaphoric potential. These poems are cautious about optimism (for "Gravity/ has been known to be cruel") but persist in desire. Often leavened with wry humor, May's poems aim to look at the world square on, and yet still have the courage to hope.
- Christine Gelineau, author of Appetite for the Devine (Ashland Press, 2010)
Square Feet Reviews & Interviews
"May's poems slam us with frankness, guide us with humor and with heart." - Elise Brand, minotaursspotlight.com
"Lori A. May, in Square Feet, climbs inside their everydayness to find the extraordinary…" - Elizabeth Kate Switaj read full review here
"...May negotiates these often ignored areas with the direct gaze of a documentary cinematographer and the ear of an expert eavesdropper." - Kim Loomis-Bennett read full review here
"Neither sentimental nor overbearing but mature and intelligent…" - Misfit Magazine
Review in [PANK] link
Review in Huffington Post link
Interview in Poets' Quarterly link
Interview in The Write Life link
Interview in The570.com's Electric City link
Interview on the Accents Publishing blog link
Inclusion in Nicelle Davis's AWP '14 Umbrella Poetry Project link