In this harrowing, forthright chapbook, Erin Elizabeth Smith explores childhood sexual abuse, as well as growth and healing beyond it. Like the fleeting, ghostly animals that recur as guides, Smith’s protagonist Dot endures, even thrives. Smith provides an empathetic voice for those who have been through similar situations. You can find it here.
Milk & Cake Press is now accepting submissions for our biennial anthology, Dead of Winter, to be published in February 2024. We are looking for poems that deal with the mythological, the mysteries of nature, the dark, or the uncanny of a long, cold winter. We aim to capture the feeling of the transition from the depths of winter toward spring.
To submit, please submit 1-3 poems in a Word document to Duosuma. There is no submission fee. Payment will be a copy of the anthology.
Submissions close October 31, 2023.
Megan Mary Moore’s chapbook explores feminine sexuality through the playful personification of Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love. In concise, frank language, Moore raises a mirror to modern women through her narrator, asking them to think about their bodies as pleasurable and desirable whether or not they conform to current standards of beauty. You can find it here.
A meditation on illness, healing, and caregiving and its limits, Panacea is elegiac.Using the framework of archaic remedies, Panacea addresses the psychological burden of caregiving, particularly when it is futile. Drawing on themes of transformation and turning one thing to another (lead to gold / healthy to unhealthy), Panacea reminds us that even in the days of modern medical advances, illness is as old as life itself. You can find it here: https://milkandcakepress.com/product/panacea-by-alison-strub/