Slate Roof Press



Everything Begins Somewhere


Price: $17.00
Letterpress Cover
Handsewn Binding
ISBN: 978-1-64826-566-2

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Winner of the Slate Roof Press Chapbook Award, Everything Begins Somewhere harnesses a deceptively simple narrative with common events to reveal a luminous generosity of spirit.

Sit with me please I have something to tell you

that morning I woke the sound of wings a robin battering the door and
through the glass in the yard a charred circle where the brush pile burned
some days I think mothering has made me weaker some days stronger
I have gone away again my husband tender with our son I do not like
sleeping with them or sleeping without them the robin still battering
the door and these books I call my husband say I read about genocide five
books one after another and now what about this sickness & G— I dreamed
you would kill him before he could suffer but you were too slow he said why would
you do that there are harder poems you know where bodies are ripped
apart literally I have been thinking I do not think line breaks can help
though let us consult our elders which is often unsatisfactory and just
now absurd they would have us smoke hash in airplane bathrooms and
endlessly translate war poets everything begins somewhere I am lucky
this way choosing sadness and on vacation home soon to my husband
my small and perfect son afraid of thunder & the other children unkind

Amanda Doster’s poems operate out of a patience and a curiosity that enlarge attention, so that it can become what attention always longs to be: a form of love. These poems are about the life of the spirit, day-to-day—the ordinary miracle that is always taking place around us. They make wonder out of acceptance.

—David Rivard, author of Standoff

I just have questions,” admits the speaker in Amanda Doster’s luminous book. But be not afraid; even though she may not have answers, questions themselves are a balm when rendered with Doster’s precise and tender beauty. Her poems are playful, even as they ask us to get serious. Gentle, but unrelentingly clear-eyed. Her questions are the big ones: identity, language, memory, motherhood, fidelity. “Think of what you are meant to do,” Doster’s speaker implores. Luckily for us, Doster was meant to write these generous, insightful, terrifically human poems.

—Amy Dryansky, author of Grass Whistle and How I Got Lost So Close to Home

Amanda Doster

Amanda Lou Doster has won the Poet’s Seat Poetry Contest, Franklin County, MA and was a finalist in the Hedgerow Books Competition. Her work has appeared in Cider Press Review and Sidelines, among other journals. She holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire and lives with her husband and son in Montague, MA. This is her first chapbook.