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Mothermorphosis is an exploration of the sublime terrain of mother. Poems situate the reader in the conflict between the idea and reality of what mother is in love, loss, sanity, and motherland.

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John Sweet,
Winner of the first Lummox Press Poetry Prize, 2014

“Chavez, despite the darkness of her subject matter, is a good enough poet, a powerful enough voice, to make the reader sometimes forget how harrowing these works really are. . . . [she] has, more than other poet I’ve read in recent memory, made a real case for the validity of poetry in the 21st century. Her words sing. They scream.”

Blas Falconer,
Author of A Question of Gravity and Light (2007)

“The extraordinary poems in Mothermorphosis place readers in the particular life of a daughter and her schizophrenic mother; however, a larger world, full of war and tenderness, misunderstanding and clarity, vulnerability and empowerment, our world, is present, too, so the book speaks with great urgency for all and to all of us.”

Elizabeth Treadwell,
Editor, Gorgon Poetics, and author of LILYFOIL + 3 (2004), Chantry (2004), Cornstarch Figurine (2006), Birds & Fancies (2007), and Wardolly (2008)

“It is in the adornment of Chavez’s dictions that—to paraphrase Chimamanda Adichie’s magnificent speech, ‘The Danger of a Single Story’—a sort of restoration, or reconciliation, might occur.”


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