New Shoots 14

new shoots 14Relationships are a prominent theme in the anthology, from the familial to the romantic. “From My Mother” details the moments leading up to the opening of a mother’s final gift to her daughter. “Not Another Word” appeals to anti-choice protesters to think about the impact of their “verbal missiles.” The poem “Yeh Yeh and Mai Mai” reminisces about the speaker’s grandparents, and the role they played in her upbringing. “Here’s My Number, Call me Anytime” is an exploration of a mother-daughter relationship as the mother has to come to terms with her daughter’s dating prospects. “The Bible” is an essay questioning the religious text’s contents, from the semantics, to the sexism, to Jesus’ character.