Mothermorphosis by MK Chavez

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Mothermorphosis by MK Chavez

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Mothermorphosis is an exploration of the sublime terrain of mother. Poems situate the reader in the conflict between the idea and reality of what mother is in love, loss, sanity, and motherland.

Original illustrations by Arthur Johnstone and Livien Yin. 

Publications Details

March 2016 • 4.5 x 5.5 •  56 pp.

$10.00 (Unsigned); $12.00 (Signed) • Trade Paper • 9780997093308

First Edition, Second Printing

Published by Nomadic Press

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Praise for Mothermorphosis

“The extraordinary poems in Mothermorphosis place readers in the particular life of a daughter and her schizophrenic mother; however, a larger world, full of war and tenderness, misunderstanding and clarity, vulnerability and empowerment, our world, is present, too, so the book speaks with great urgency for all and to all of us.” – Blas Falconer, author of A Question of Gravity and Light (2007)

"Chavez, despite the darkness of her subject matter, is a good enough poet, a powerful enough voice, to make the reader sometimes forget how harrowing these works really are... Ms Chavez has, more than other poet I've read in recent memory, made a real case for the validity of poetry in the 21st century. Her words sing. They scream." John Sweet winner of the first Lummox Poetry Prize, 2014  

"I have found over the years there are poets that influence. Poets that spark something we may not even be aware of and poets you go back to because you can't get enough. MK Chavez is all three of these."  Scot Young  

"It is in the adornment of Chavez's dictions that—to paraphrase Chimamanda Adichie's magnificent speech 'The Danger of a Single Story'—a sort of restoration, or reconciliation, might occur."  Elizabeth Treadwell

"In a world of oversharing, Mothermorphosis, by MK Chavez, is even more impactful due to its relentless restraint. These meticulously crafted poems bear witness to the shipwreck that can be a brown girl's childhood, especially with a US-backed Salvadoran civil war, shaming Catholic patriarchs, a mother with mental illness, and unforgiving streets. Yet, she masterfully tells these stories, not with a rapid spilling, but with the measured assurance of having digested the perilous escape—literally, what has not killed her has made her strong. A stunning collection." – Aya de Leon 

What Readers Had to Say

Mothermorphosis is Berkeley poet MK Chavez's answer to Ginsberg's "Kaddish," and it's just as good. Her portrait of her schizophrenic mother is full of love and devastation. You can order this beautifully designed 50-page book by one of the San Francisco Bay Area's finest poets at (Jan)

This poetry is a study in time and the relentlessness of decades passing and the salve of the reflective moments art takes up. There is sin and blood and electroshock therapy and war. Motherhood in all its depths and breadths. (Jenny Forrester)

Heart-tenderizing poems in deft, exquisite language. Chavez displays an extraordinary understanding that finds a voice for her mother of "fragmented and tender eyes,” and deepens her own. I will forever be haunted by “Rabbit Stew” and “Split Mind.” (Sandra)

This book is a beautiful summation of the complicated reality of being a woman, lover, daughter, and mother. It is filled with such beauty, wisdom, and and HOPE. Chavez has renamed / redefined pain, fear, and suffering into something staggeringly beautiful. I absolutely recommend this book. (Ingrid Keir)