Languid Lusciousness with Lemon
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In Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, Joan Leotta's poems balance the sugar and salt of our existence with a dash of humor: "Life's sweetness stands out, / oft best preserved / when accented with tart," ever evoking food, family and T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," especially the peaches of that famous poem. Memories of apple picking, Fourth of July picnics, and oysters bring the author's family together across time and distance: "By the time plates are empty, hearts are full. / Long after the sweetness of dessert is a memory." After savoring Leotta's collection, you may experience your own special food memories and remember, "Everyone hears when called to table."
--Alice Osborn, award winning poet, author of Heroes without Capes
"Everyone hears / when called to the table," Joan Leotta writes in her latest collection, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon. The title itself is a call to the table of lush language and insight that melds family and food. In this chapbook, Leotta serves up a feast of poems that explore our deep connections--to each other, to the food we carefully choose and prepare, to what nourishes and sustains us. Life's sweetness stands out, / oft best preserved / when accented with tart, she writes in the title poem. You'll find both the sweet and the tart along with a myriad of other more subtle flavors, so, come to the table, have a poem; have another, and fill yourself. These poems will leave you sated.
--Pat Riviere-Seel, award winning poet and teacher of poetry