A Name Among Bone by Mel Ruth
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Praise for A Name Among Bone:
“In A Name Among Bone we thumb the threads of the familial. Threads as thematic, threads as textile—as the linen passed down from generation to generation. We tether our dead closer with language, with utterance, with the history we shout at our landscapes. Melinda Ruth knows that each one of us with blood is a historian. And, among the threads we thumb in this chapbook, so many mirrors. A hall of mirrors, revealing ghosts that are also our angels. Who hasn’t studied their eyes’ reflection, searching for ancestors? Drawn, with fingertips, the bridge of our noses in hunt for all the blood that bore us? A Name Among Bone hands us the fabric of a family. We are so lucky to hold it, if only briefly.”
–Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Contest Judge
“Confronting family lore, race, and grief through a “genealogy [that’s] only ever known holes,” these poems fashion a creation myth from fragments of life-long stories told to the speaker, stories which blur the line between facts and the desire for something to be true. “But how do I gauge / the weight of memory?” the speaker asks, and Mel Ruth offers up these image-saturated lyrics in an attempt to answer.”
—Sandy Longhorn, author of Blood Almanac, The Girlhood Book of Prairie Myths, and Alchemy of My Mortal Form