Tell Me The Story Again



In her latest collection of poems, Elizabeth Cunningham takes an imaginative leap into a magical world that is also palpably real, a once-upon-a-time place that could exist just after our own time or long ago. Here we meet a motley assortment of people, a temple sweeper, a sword woman, a morose fool, a merry drunk, an enigmatic ancient dreamer, among a host of others. Human voices mingle with those of animals--the mouse who thinks it's an elephant, a flying pig--and also the voices of river, rain, tree, and stone. Through songs, dreams, and conversations, a story emerges, or many stories woven into one. Cunningham's hypnotically beautiful language draws us into this story, one we may dimly remember and long to hear again.

Product Details

Epigraph Publishing
Publish Date
July 23, 2019
5.51 X 0.2 X 8.5 inches | 0.26 pounds
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About the Author

The author of three previous collections of poems and numerous novels, Elizabeth Cunningham lives in New York State's Hudson River Valley. She is fellow emeritus of Black Earth Institute and writes regularly for Feminism and Religion. For more please visit her website:


"The poems in this remarkable collection are truly songs, sung by the elemental world in which we live and to which we often don't listen. But Elizabeth Cunningham has given this world a voice--many voices--and to hear them is to enter a dimension of thought and feeling where the natural wisdom of the earth and its denizens comes home to us. Read them slowly and be blessed." --Tom Cowan, author of Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit and Yearning for the Wind: Celtic Reflections on Nature and the Soul

"Elizabeth Cunningham has written a book of voices that sing, keen, prophesy, and proclaim themselves. The voices are those of types and modes of being, each with a personality that is persuasive and eloquent. Like all good poems, Cunningham's reveal things-in-themselves: cat, mouse, goat, tree, boy, mountain, killer, fool, crone, water, stone. Here, even silence finds its voice. The disparate band of survivors interact, mourn, find sustenance, take shelter, feel, think. The poet describes the book's setting ambiguously, either immediately after our time or long before it. Either way, this world is not ours. It is more elemental and earthy, a place of myths rather than news, a tragic and magical time of loss when pigs can fly. Tell Me The Story Again is completely original and deeply rewarding." óRobert Wexelblatt, author of Fifty Poems and Hsi-Wei Tales