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Poetry. Women's Studies. LGBT Studies. SALT IS FOR CURING is the lush and haunting full-length debut by Sonya Vatomsky. These poems, structured as an elaborate meal, conjure up a vapor of earthly pains and magical desires; like the most enduring rituals, Vatomsky's poems both intoxicate and ward. A new blood moon in American poetry, SALT IS FOR CURING is surprising, disturPoetry. Women's Studies. LGBT Studies. SALT IS FOR CURING is the lush and haunting full-length debut by Sonya Vatomsky. These poems, structured as an elaborate meal, conjure up a vapor of earthly pains and magical desires; like the most enduring rituals, Vatomsky's poems both intoxicate and ward. A new blood moon in American poetry, SALT IS FOR CURING is surprising, disturbing, and spookily illuminating. "Sonya Vatomsky's SALT IS FOR CURING is many things: a feast, a grimoire, a fairy tale world, the real world. It's also too smart for bullshit and too graceful to be mean about the bullshit: a marvelous debut. I love it." Ariana Reines "Imagine bodies within bodies eating a feast, spilling over with their own secrets and hopes and dreams and fears and brutality and witchery. That is the party you will find in this book a modern-day, literary equivalent of a Bosch painting." Juliet Escoria "These poems melt the hard fat of life into tallow candles, then they reach up and light themselves." Mike Young"...

Title : Salt Is for Curing
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ISBN : 9780983243731
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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Salt Is for Curing Reviews

  • Roxane
    2018-08-16 17:38

    Curious, intricate poems. Lots of language play and the conjuring of myths. Rather enjoyed this one.

  • Ken Baumann
    2018-08-08 17:04

    I wrote this about the book: Salt Is For Curing is the lush and haunting full-length debut by Sonya Vatomsky. These poems, structured as an elaborate meal, conjure up a vapor of earthly pains and magical desires; like the most enduring rituals, Vatomsky’s poems both intoxicate and ward. A new blood moon in American poetry, Salt Is For Curing is surprising, disturbing, and spookily illuminating.

  • Megan
    2018-08-09 20:59

    I will have to read this collection many times over to truly understand it and for that, I am grateful. Absolutely stunning.

  • Farah G
    2018-07-22 15:40

    Really unique, beautiful work. Makes you think.

  • TheVampireBookworm
    2018-07-25 14:45

    This book had been a 5star recommendation from a couple of bookstagrammers who usually like the same stuff I do so it was a no brainer for me - I had to buy it. It cost 15 Dollars plus shipping to a faraway country for as little as seventy something pages. You know it would have to blow my mind in order to get a lot of stars after I paid that much.So, did it? Not really. I'm not saying that it was a waste of time, no, there were good moments - I especially appreciated the author's playfulness when it came to incorporating various languages in the poems; using the collection as a long menu was a great idea but there were only a few poems that resonated with me.At one point I was so frustrated why it didn't work for me (I couldn't fathom why so many people had given it 5stars) that I actually read a piece of it aloud (because I didn't want to finish it in one day since it was so short and I paid for it that much) and guess what! It clicked! Just like that. Out loud it made sense. So I finished it reading it aloud and understood why so many people had liked it. To sum this up, I'd love to hear this as an audiobook. That would be a solution for me. As a book on its own, however, it will forever be lacking voice.

  • Erica Alex
    2018-08-04 20:58

    What a goddamn epic.

  • Shay
    2018-07-25 17:06

    Unique and fantastic. Two of my favorite bits:"Keep out of my underworld! neither drag me to hellnor drag me out of it, stop filling my mouthwith coins for some stygianferryman. use your words! Ask permission. Iam magic enough""This is how it starts. You ask if it's a love potionand I say yes, something like that,in the sense that love and death are indistinct things,liquid bubbling down-throat to still the limbs,slow the heart"

  • Jean
    2018-07-27 14:53

    I bought this on my kindle so I could devour it immediately, but I desperately need to get my hands on a physical copy. I want to read it over and over again and fill the pages with underlines and notes and soak it all in until I know it by heart and it's being held together by hope and rubber bands. I am in love with this book.

  • Catherine
    2018-07-23 15:56

    A gothy, witchy collection of poetry that is part cookbook, part fable, and part instruction (or is it “warning”….?). The language is lovely and haunting, with invocations of mythology and old fairy tales throughout. Evocative and enchanting, a dark delight. I enjoyed this very much.

  • Adam
    2018-08-14 19:55

    Lots of variety in these poems in format, in tone and attitude. Lots of attitude. A really smart collection.

  • Mel
    2018-08-14 16:40

    The poetry in this book is beautiful. I will re-visit this one also. 5 stars and best read pile.

  • Brooks
    2018-07-20 20:04

    "As much SALT as you can stand, rubbed the way you'd rub an ache until it gives in beneath you."

  • Christopher
    2018-08-15 20:53

    Freshly served by Sator Press, Sonya Vatomsky’s first full-length collection, “Salt is For Curing” uses its dark feasts and folklore to explore the frailty of our memories and bodies. With photography by Sator’s founding editor, the cover’s salt circle invokes and repels darkness, sealing the poems within. Guiding readers through its three courses, Vatomsky’s poetry is a truly generous offering, complete with aperitif and digestif. As the title reminds how we can hold onto things for an almost unnatural length of time, much of this collection commemorates what’s passed. The opening poem, “Bathymetry,” stretches from old legends of empowerment and oppression all the way to the present, as we’re told: “I’ve got the kind of light / you name galaxies after. / Andromeda, for example, / which means “ruler of men” / so, of course / they stripped her naked and chained her / to a rock” (11). Like a dinner toast for a death, this collection’s recurring spells and other forms crystallize facts for future audiences: “Apotheosis”The recipe called for murder; I did not misread it: 6 SPRIGS FRESH DILL, as much SALT as you can stand, and take a KNIFE to the one that failed you. 1 WHOLE POTATO, 1 WHOLE CARROT. You will not be cold this winter, you will not. Locate the JOINT, move the BONE back and forth; it can be hard to find the ARTICULATION POINT with the sobs still lodged in your throat like fish bones. Chop the DILL into fine green shards; they are the forest you bury him in. They are the fog on the fallen leaves on the wet snow on the soil. They are the wood frog and the arctic lamprey and the brown bear leaving trails in the opposite direction. Use your KNIFE to TRIM excess FAT, REMOVE the BONE with minimal damage to the meat, turn his memory to the grounds that sit at the bottom of your porcelain cup painted in wild strawberries: a fortune teller’s ephemera. Use the tip of your KNIFE — not the blade, lest he leave rings on you like an aging tree — in short flicking motions. REMOVE the BONE with minimal damage to the meat. As much SALT as you can stand, rubbed the way you’d rub an ache until it gives in beneath you. Little peat bog, little бог, little God. Ivan the Fool slept on an oven and so will you. (34)Whether by broiling, carving, or extracting, these poems address grief on their own terms. Blending personal experience with instruction, Vatomsky teach us that tears are a surprisingly fine substitute for most ingredients, and that, “To brew a love potion is to kill yourself but to poison is to breathe” (71). But these poems also serve as timelines, occupying the past to resist forgetting. With its many references to food and language, “Salt is For Curing” blurs the line between identity and context, and how we place ourselves within our own history. Yet these poems recognize that no amount of salt can preserve something forever. Food must be eaten, or it perishes. Bodies must be buried, or hidden. Leading us into the swamplands by a “chain of rope and scarves,” the speaker laments: “I am being carefully and / systemically forgotten” (22), as if even memories decay in the mire. But these poems know the dirty details required for moving on, whether from a stern mother’s advice, or somebody who’s learned the “safest place to bury a body / is in another body / is in your own body” (17). Vatomsky knows we learn through pain—licking our wounds until the taste of blood no longer scares us—as a witch “can only be burned so many times before she thinks hmm / something has got to change here” (73). “Salt is For Curing” offers the ultimate reward in exchange for your darkest red. Making a thick paste from a phoenix’s bones to reexamine resurrection myths, these poems count all 32 teeth, then eat your words with bread. Sonya Vatomsky reflects upon salt and suffering, creating a literary love potion that’s equal parts wishing well and butcher’s hook.

  • Bri (
    2018-07-27 19:01

    I scooped up this slim book of poetry from a delightful bookstore (Bluestockings Bookstore) on a recent trip to NYC. It was part of a turn out feature and I was intrigued by the cover and randomly flipping to a poem within the collection and immediately deciding, "Yes! I must have this!"The collection is designed to follow a multiple course dinner menu and is broken into the following sections: Apertif, First Course, Second Course, Third Course, and Digestif. Some of the poems play up thematics of menus and cookbooks, with some poems being recipes for broken hearts that include some real ingredients (black pepper) and some nontraditional ingredients (tears).This poems are largely about heartbreak, losing someone, grief, sharing yourself with another, and recovery, with bits of Russian, the language and cultural experiences and references, sprinkled in here and there. My favorite poems in the collection were, in chronological order: Chamomile, Spidersilk, The Serbo-Croation Language Uses the Same Word čičak for Burdock and Velcro, Dorian Gray, and the poem that shares the collection's title, Salt is for Curing. Here's a small bit from Salt is for Curing:... Self preservation is an art and Ia masterpiece. The kind of thing you bow beforein museums but cross the street to avoid.I don'tfeelhaunted. Exactly. Maybe like a spice jar that's holdingmore inside than volume would suggest possible. Mylittle tin lid fits snug but the pressureis really something ...Here's a small bit from Spidersilk (in full here):... This is how you look when I spread myself before you like a picnic: here a little bottle of what makes me cry most, a glassdish of my greatest fears, a ton of mille-feuille foldedfrom the kind of trust that gives your bones an earthquake,sugared with the weight of my lashes on your shoulder as you sleep ...For more reviews, check out!

  • Rosemary
    2018-08-09 20:04

    SometimesI strugglewithmodern poetryand it'sformatting.I sometimes find it difficult to really enjoy poetry which doesn't have a consistent rhythm, which is probably kind of old fashioned of me. Despite this I did really love this collection. Some of the poems in this collection do follow that one word per a line structure, which I think for the most part works, but is occasionally very jarring. There were just one or two poems where it was jarring enough to sort of pull me out of the experience, and not in a way that felt intentional. This is the only reason I didn't give this book two stars, and may not bother some people at all.Vatomsky's imagery is brilliant, somehow stark and ugly yet beautiful at the same time. I loved the folklore themes present in a lot of the poems, the exploration of it's primal and violent side as well as the imagery of the meditative, traditional, ritualistic elements. Vatomsky uses the imagery of ordinary everyday things like bread and salt, to signify how great and significant small things can be in our history but also how everyday grand, important themes can be.Almost like an earthier Angela Carter.

  • Sara
    2018-08-03 20:45

    This book was scary, surprising and interesting all at once. The things talked about in the book can be seen as gruesome and isn't recommended to readers who don't like things that contain sensitive content that is seen as gruesome but is why I feel like this book has depth. This book was limitless, the author didn't limit herself to certain things and it didn't seem..censored. When I say that I really mean the author doesn't conform to the norms people see in books on the usual. It gives a variety of genres to express themselves and be creative without trying not to be "scary" or "innapropriate"

  • Chloe H.
    2018-07-30 18:50

    It's been a while since a book of poetry affected me the way this one did. The poems are dark and beautiful and brimming with my favorite sorts of metaphors; food, fairy tales, witchcraft, surgery.

  • Nicole Craswell
    2018-08-09 19:58

    4.5 Stars.

  • Emily
    2018-07-19 17:58

    A very unique little book of poetry, and it really does make one think. Witty with oddly-formed sentences.

  • Maika
    2018-08-15 18:55

    This little book is a marvel! Although I've tried otherwise, I find that I really don't want to read more than one poem at a time. Each time I open the book to whatever page cares to reveal itself, it’s like standing in a quiet, shadowy space and taking a bite of something dark and rich with such complex flavor - raw in some places, scorched in others, sweet, salty, bitter, the blood-tang of copper, acidic soil, earthy and rotten, yet full of enduring and defiant life - there's so much here and it's composed in a way that feels so new to me. So I don't want to rush through it; I feel physically incapable of doing so. I want to savor each poem, let it roll around on my tongue, down my throat and into my stomach, heart, and head. However I also keep the book nearby, sometimes carrying it with me from room to room so that, just as soon as I'm ready, I can open it and take another bite.

  • Brooke
    2018-08-10 18:01

    Beautiful, intricate, clever, powerful, feminist, magical, relevant. The word play and lyricism are masterful. The food metaphors persist throughout and provide a thread of connectivity between all of the poems. As a woman, I could relate to many of the sentiments expressed. Sonya cuts right to the core. I adored the occult, mythical quality of their storytelling - certainly this collection could be considered a modern fairytale.

  • Mlle Ghoul
    2018-07-23 18:59

    In my reading of Salt Is For Curing, it took all that I had not to devour this small book of spooky delights in one greedy instant. I feared that to do so, to ingest all of these potent magics at once, would give me a terribly heartsick sort of heartburn and yet leave me with the very worst sort of emptiness, knowing there is no more to be had. I drew it out for as long as I could stand.

  • Timothy Volpert
    2018-07-19 19:00

    Vatomsky manages in these poems to run the gamut from casual everyday speech, to folklore, recipes, and incantations without sacrificing the overall cohesiveness of the collection. A very impressive feat indeed.

  • Samantha
    2018-07-31 14:52

    I've been carrying this magical little book around in my bag for weeks and dipping into it here and there. Love all the dark poetic recipes and histories and myths in here.

  • Kat Dixon
    2018-08-12 21:55

    spooky-good pictures of meal-making and death-making and death, the losses we make of one another

  • Hayley
    2018-07-19 18:49

    Very unique and "witchy" and beautiful.

  • Sarah
    2018-08-08 21:05

    I loved this. I dogeared a whole bunch of pages, and likely something from here will turn up in a class I teach.