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Now Available: First Wife, by Laura Madeline Wiseman
First Wife by Laura Madeline Wiseman takes the story of Lilith and draws her into a modern setting with train rides and kitschy day calendars. Wiseman's Lilith is feisty and bold, yes, but also a woman whose desires and life extend beyond her beginnings with Adam.
to see her center where all the sailors have gone,
but for these months just before I find the coils of her
hair, the waters have cleared and I'm breathing.
In this desert I will plant mandrake and penny royal.
My hairs will prickle. My thighs will occupy space.
I won't wear a wedding band as I sip the witch's tea
because I too will abandon pretty. I choose me."
- Red Sky, Red Sea, from First Wife by Laura Madeline Wiseman
Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English and creative writing. She is the author of seven collections of poetry, including the full-length book Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012) the letterpress books Unclose the Door (Gold Quoin Press, 2012) and Farm Hands (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), and the chapbooks She Who Loves Her Father (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011), Ghost Girl (Pudding House Publications, 2010), and My Imaginary (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She is also the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013). Her writings have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Arts & Letters, Poet Lore, and Feminist Studies. She has received honors from the Academy of American Poets and the Wurlitzer Foundation. lauramadelinewiseman.com