The cover art is called The Tree of Life and was created by my longtime friend, Judith Prest who is a multi-talented poet, photographer and artist. I knew as soon as I saw it, it would be a perfect cover for the book and was so glad everyone was in agreement. Especially Judith! Is there anything she can’t do?!?
Some of the beautiful things that have been said about the book by fellow poets:
“It takes faith to coax a plant/from root to bloom” and so too, Tramontano has coaxed poems from experience of the Holocaust, from betrayal and chipped bone china, and a mother’s failing memory. Here are poems of deep human feeling as told through the “luminous particulars,” as Jane Kenyon would say: wisteria and white-capped waves and the furniture left when the family house must be sold.
–Holly Wren Spaulding, Familiars
In The Me I Was With You, Jan Tramontano tenderly explores the precariousness of human life. She does not flinch from loss carried in our bodies, in our small touches. For a lost love, she writes, I feel you in my fingertips. Fully accepting the pain of loss, she concludes a blanket of gloom falls/on ground frozen brown/but strivings of life still thrive. These haunting poems mark life’s passage and remind us of what it truly means to be alive.
–Cecele Allen Kraus, Tuscaloosa Bypass, Elevation of the Mundane
With a sharp eye for the telling detail, Jan Tramontano’s poetry provides an intimate, unsparing picture of life in all its deeply felt, intricately layered and compellingly told. Jan Tramontano is the real thing. This a book you will return to again and again.
—Howard Kogan, A Chill in the Air, Indian Summer
My reading at Cafe Lena on December 1 is also available on YouTube. https://youtu.be/V1Ox7TWmaRA
THE ME I WAS WITH YOU
A BOOK OF POEMS WRITTEN OVER TIME DESCRIBING LOVE, LOSS, AND RESILIENCE
WHAT LOVE BECOMES
A LOVE STORY. AN EXTREMELY SATISFYING TALE OF LOVE AND MARRIAGE… KIRKUS REVIEW STUNNING… UPLIFTING UNFLINCHING…
What Love Becomes is a work of literary fiction that traces the intimate landscape of two contemporary marriages from their idealistic, yet misguided beginnings. Each couple mistakenly believe their happily ever after will come without really knowing who’ve they’ve married.
STANDING ON THE CORNER OF LOST AND FOUND
AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF WAR PROTEST, CIVIL RIGHTS, AND REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE, THIS STORY CELEBRATES THE POWER OF LOVE, FRIENDSHIP AND FAMILY
Lisa goes to college in high spirits. Determined to cast off her family’s persistent warnings that life is a tragedy waiting to happen, she is devastated when it does.
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