Kathy Engel’s poetry collection, The Lost Brother Alphabet (Get Fresh Books, 2020) is both ode and elegy, a song of grief and the tenacity of love made into the living and feeling word.
I found it hard not to straight-out weep reading The Lost Brother Alphabet, both for the sorrow flowing through it and for the beauty and buoyancy of its language, and the gladness of how fully alive it is – in every dancing phrase, in every bit of tribute to tenderness and justice.Alicia Ostriker, New York State Poet Laureate, author of Waiting for the Light
Through humility, Kathy articulates the world in words that are palatable to the senses: the alphabet dances through the pages in steps of alliteration, the powerful settings are invigorated through personified imagery, and the historical influences obfuscate the division between past and present.Mercy Tullis-Bukhari, author of Smoke and Mango
A multi-layered poetry collection as elegiac and intimate as it is politically urgent, as temporal and rooted as it is ontological…Alison Meyers, Mom Egg Review
The Lost Brother Alphabet can be ordered here.
You can listen here to Kathy reading from The Lost Brother Alphabet at the online launch that took place on April 4 hosted by Canio’s Books, Sag Harbor.