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Waterlings, Poems by Eileen Daly Moeller

The poems of Eileen Daly Moeller’s Waterlings are liquid in their sensory flow, touching on myth and history in a way that brings them to our senses anew.

Sample Poems by Eileen Daly Moeller

“Eileen Daly Moeller’s Waterlings re-weaves touchtone water myths speaking to the ‘un-benediction’ of slaughter we’ve wreaked on nature in one breath and honoring better angels in the next. I relish reading, in it, Woolf’s prophecy come true, femme energy unbound yields fresh forms as Moeller’s teeny 'Cetology' foray flips fins with Melville’s longer one or as she explores the streets Carver didn’t play on. When Moeller writes ‘Come on, catch fire; let’s re-lume ourselves/once more for luck, incarnadine as/milkweed, surprising the unsuspecting field,’ she describes a break-loose quality of surprise in her poems that bleeds past our collective ruins to runes for a re-evolution conjured in her shape shifting music, which is all to say I love this eerie & beautiful book.”– Jane Springer

“What is the language of water? What does faith look like in a world on the brink of disaster? The poems in Eileen Moeller’s Waterlings, a futurist narrative in verse, ask the reader to consider big questions. What is within our power and what is out of our hands? What can we ask of a higher power? What are the expectations of individuals? Consider womanhood today; pray for a better tomorrow. What do we owe future generations?”. In ‘Bless Water’ – ‘A drowned woman floats face up. / A drowned man floats face down. / Still waters. / Flowing streams. / Water as consecration. Water as relief.’ Attention is repeatedly called to the cruel giving and taking of water. Water is so much of us. And yet, water has the power to take everything away. But then why the blessings? Why choose hope? This collection is a journey. The reader is encouraged to tackle hard truths and not give in to nihilism.”— Mark Danowsky,Editor, ONE ART: a journal of poetry

“Taking inspiration from texts as varied as Melville’s Moby Dick, Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union speeches, and the daily evidence of our collective catastrophic future, Moeller deftly writes a river of narrative poems that ties together three ‘Lilies,’ each from a different century. With playful empathy, Moeller uncovers ‘the large and small of it’ in the inevitability of life’s erasures while simultaneously revealing the brightness of her rage -- ‘this magma burning inside.’ Waterlings is a celebration of female resilience and an elegy for a drowning world.”—Naomi Guttman