Today's poem is "Sacrament of the Moths"
from Six Lips

Mayapple Press

Penelope Scambly Schott is the author of a novel, six previous poetry books, and five chapbooks. Her poetry books include three historical verse narratives, Penelope: The Story of the Half-Scalped Woman, The Pest Maiden: A Story of Lobotomy, and A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth (Oregon Book Award for Poetry, 2008), as well as three lyric collections, The Perfect Mother (Violet Reed Hass Prize, 1994), Baiting the Void (Orphic Prize, 2005), and May the Generations Die in the Right Order. She has received four fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and residencies at The Fine Arts Work Center, The Vermont Studio Center, and the Wurlitzer Foundation. Penelope lives in Portland, Oregon where she hikes, grades papers, paints, and spoils her family, especially her dog, Lily Schott Sweetdog.

Other poems by Penelope Scambly Schott in Verse Daily:
November 17, 2005:   "April, Again" " The most brutal movie I ever saw..."

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Other poems on the web by Penelope Scambly Schott:
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Penelope Scambly Schott According to Wikipedia.

About Six Lips:

"Insightful, sure footed, possessed of an unerring ear for the music of language, Schott summons deft images from the natural world as she confronts the great themes of literature: death, love and the human experience, its duplicity and grace; this is the work of a poet writing in full stride. Praise be."
—Colette Inez

"Penelope Scambly Schott s poems take us on wild and glorious flights of womanhood to 'countries inside [her] head,' where the re-imagined self is a playful menagerie of 'improvisations,' where 'moral accounting' is a fanciful cycle of songs. With poems of loss and remembrance, of acceptance and reconciliation, of transformations and mutations, Six Lips is one of the strongest, most inventive books I ve read in years."
—Ingrid Wendt

"The speaker of these poems is...a woman of 'six lips,' 'nine knees,' 'ten thumbs,' concerned with issues of love, sexuality, how to deal with a mother disappearing into dementia. These are poems willing to face emotions that are not always simple or 'nice,' willing to question what it means to be a woman in these times.... Ultimately they are brave. When the d.j. in "Moral Accounting" calls to ask: The world is about to end; do you have any comment? this poet answers, I will have to sing: Gloria, gloria, gloria.... The one song."
—Pat Fargnoli

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