Monozygotic | Codependent reviews:

Sivan Butler-Rotholz
“The journey the poet takes us on is deeply confessional, beginning in loneliness and
ending in leaving, with panic, regret, abuse, anxiety, divorce, codependence, death, and
God doggedly pursuing the I in-between. This is not the story of a light at the end of the
tunnel; it is a story of survival. But there is so much beauty in the words, in their brutal
honesty, in the intimacy of what is revealed, in the shared experience that arises when
one speaks up about that which is too-seldom talked about. In this way, this book is
Plathian, reflecting the intersection between lived suffering and staggering art…”

Sivan Butler-Rotholz is the Contributing Editor of the Saturday Poetry Series on As It Ought To Be and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. She is a professor, writer, editor, comic artist, and attorney emerita. She is also the founder of Reviving Herstory. Sivan welcomes feedback, poetry submissions, and solicitations of her writing via email at sivan.sf [at] gmail [dot] com.

Alexis Smithers
              “This book of poetry makes me think that maybe it’s not a failure to find pieces of my
family lining my laughter, tripping over their regrets whenever I become the person I
need to be, or waking up in the middle of the night to find their ghosts staring at me.”

Alexis Smithers is a twenty one year old explosion of messes. They are queer black writer that was published in a book about how horses heal (Wild at Heart by Heather Kirby), and has work that can be found on theEEEL. Fun facts: they tied a pillowcase to their back and tried to fly after seeing Sky High, their mantra can be found in Wreck-It Ralph, The Babadook, or Orphan Black (depending on the day) and they’re terrified of mostly everything but art makes the fear easier to hold.

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