The recent and contemporary poems about the biblical figure Eve gathered in this anthology refuse given narratives. Here, poets of diverse backgrounds and traditions conjure a heterogeneous concert of Eves to reckon with desire, blame, power, gender, the body, race, politics, religion, knowledge, violence, and time. She becomes a door for dreaming of origins, for considering naming and language, for challenging assumptions and structures of power, and for examining the human condition. In these poems, Eve loves, grieves, rages, and proves a perennially relevant figure in our contemporary mythos.
Poet and anthropologist Nomi Stone is the author of two poetry collections, Stranger's Notebook and Kill Class, as well as Pinelandia: An Anthropology and Field Poetics of War and Empire (University of California Press, 2022), a finalist for The Atelier Prize. Stone has received a Pushcart Prize and a Fulbright Award, and has conducted fieldwork across the Middle East and the United States. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at the University of Texas, Dallas.
Luke Hankins is the founder and editor of Orison Books. He is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Radiant Obstacles and Weak Devotions, as well as, most recently, a poetry chapbook, Testament (Texas Review Press, 2023). He is also the author of a collection of essays, The Work of Creation, and a volume of translations from the French of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems.
"Stone and Hankins prove that Eve remains a perennial poetic inspiration in this strong selection." - Publishers Weekly
"This anthology features some famous names such as Lucille Clifton, Rita Dove, Ada Limón, and Toni Morrison, and their work is exemplary. It's the lesser known but remarkably talented poets, however, who repeatedly caught my eye." - Brian Volck