Prose, paperback, 40 pages, from YesYes Books.
Of Darkness and Tumbling chronicles a crash and a coma, a fevered landscape of grief and of waiting. The speaker finds herself caught between "try[ing] to offer some texture/ of faith" and "SCREAMING the suffering earth." This is an unraveling. A song of the body and the fragile bodies it loves. The collection asks: how do we accept calamity when it comes? Gomery builds a resilience of nightmare and dream, dense forest and stammering memory. In the end we are reminded that "The trouble with love is brittle/ and snappable bodies," and yet it is language that carries us through.
Born in Massachusetts and raised by her Venezuelan Eastern European family both in Boston and Caracas, Mónica Gomery is a lover of questions, community, language and song. She received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in 2017, and currently builds queer Jewish community as the Associate Director of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva. Mónica’s writing has appeared in Cutbank, Hold, fog machine, Word For/Word, Requited Journal, and Alice Blue Review, as well as other publications. Of Darkness and Tumbling was a finalist for the 2016 Vinyl 45s Chapbook Contest, and her first full-length book of poetry will be released by Cooper Dillon Press in 2017.