Sibling Rivalry Press / October 2016
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A memoir-in-poems of early marriage and coming of age in Central Florida.
“Jessica Jacobs’ In Whatever Light Left to Us is about how a great love for another woman got her to write it; poems infused not only with a serious and, at times, satiric and erotic understanding of the world facing intimacy, but poems that also look at nature and earthly landscapes with a new kind of longing, which makes the book feel invigoratingly restless and the descriptive power of that restlessness knocked me out.”
—Michael Klein, author of When I Was a Twin
“Who can resist a poet who writes, ‘If this summer is a body, let me be its tongue’? Jessica Jacobs’s poems have the clear gaze of a camera, the tenderness of the ‘tender skin of a plum,’ and the heat of a summer night in Florida. This book will leave you dizzy and wanting more.”—Rita Mae Reese, author of The Book of Hulga
“This is poetry you can taste, and touch: poetry as incandescence of the ordinary world, a transformation of cornfields and golf courses, of ponds and swamps, of sumac and deer. . . These are love poems that stand alongside the best of that overstuffed genre, love poems that remind us that perhaps they are still worth writing, and that love, even in these dark times, is something worth attending to.”—Carolyn Ogburn, Empty Mirror