Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Coffee House Confessions by Ellaraine Lockie, reviewed by BL Kennedy


Ellaraine Lockie
Silver Birch Press
Los Angeles, CA
44 pgs
ISBN: 97806157677

They Speak Starbucks in Italy

When I order
Two shots of espresso
The order taker and coffee maker
At the Bar La Cisteria sayss
You want two espresso
Holding a demi-cu in each hand

‘No, two in one cup,’ I say
He carries both cups to the machine
‘No second cup’ I say louder
He flings arms wide enough to hold
Every American word he’s ever heard
Palms open to the heavens in a plea
Probably for no more customers like me

In my first Italian body-talk lesson
I take a used cup from the counter top
With a sweeping flourish hold out two fingers
And poke them into the cope
His prayer slips into shoulders that shrug
‘You want doppio, why not say so’ 

I have never met Ellaraine Lockie, I just know of her and of her work as a poet through my dear friend Ann Menebroker. So you can imagine my surprise when a copy of Coffee House Confessions came in the mail. This is a handsome little book and a very good read to any lover of poetry. I like Ellaraine Lockie, I like her approach to the line and I highly recommend this nice little book of poetry to any lover of the craft.  

About the Author

Ellaraine Lockie is a widely published and awarded poet, nonfiction book author, and essayist. Coffee House Confessions is her tenth poetry chapbook. Her recent books have received the Best Individual Collection Award from Purple Patch magazine in England, the San Gabriel Poetry Festival Chapbook Prize, and The Aurorean's Chapbook Pick. She teaches poetry workshops and serves as Poetry Editor for the lifestyles magazine, Lilipoh. Ellaraine writes every morning in a coffee shop no matter where she is in the world.


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