About the book
Sonja James’s The White Spider in My Hand is a collection of postmodern poetry that explores the intensities and nuances of feminist expression. The poems address the subjects of family, the natural world, and contemporary society. The volume contains structured free verse, narratives, lyrics, and poems that are formal in style.
“Sonja James effortlessly fuses the natural and the supernatural, the mythic and the mundane. Because of her skill at condensing such diverse worlds, these poems glow and reverberate with meaning.”
—Elaine Equi, author of Click & Clone
“As the title of this rich collection suggests, The White Spider in My Hand buckles with the thrills and tensions of living as a fallen human in an innocent natural world.”
—Elizabeth Savage, author of Grammar
“I read this book the way I would read a gallery of paintings were they not paintings but songs, for James plays images like notes—often one precise half-step shy of the reader’s expectation… You’ll play them over and over again: a needle on a record’s grooves, a light touch tracing a wound—releasing song.
—Ida Stewart, author of Gloss.
Winner of the 2011 Perugia Press Prize