Eve Luckring is a recipient of a Touchstone Distinguished Books Honorable Mention for 2018 for her volume The Tender Between (Princeton, N.J.: Ornithopter Press. 96 pages, 5½″ x 8½″. Four-color card covers, perfectbound. ISBN 978-1-942723-05-9. $16.00.).
Commentary from the Panel:
“Eve Luckring’s book, The Tender Between, is tough reading, but those who want to put in the work will find it greatly rewarding. The book opens with the word, becoming. As the only word on the first page followed by a comma, we are introduced to Luckring’s process of:
this black to that black
“Call me Ishmael,” mother reads to me in utero
Subsequent sections of the book are introduced by an ever expanding text that expresses doubt, that questions the need for a name,
dark sea surging to the brink of words sore to the touch his name in my mouth
the process (“Is it a story, or a strategy, . . .”),
bleeding under my skin the American dream a complaint or a prayer crow,
and whose story is it (is it “they me or we”).
an irreducible fraction of a woman dividing by zero new moon — a clean place to lay a discarded name
As the text proceeds, she invokes Lao-Tzu in the Tao Te Ching: “the same source but different
names . . . .”
a forest forgotten a river owed a smiling cow on the label until trees can be landlords
Throughout, Luckring uses the crow as avatar; follow the crow to navigate Luckring’s way that is not the Way and Luckring’s realm that is full of desire, yet empty of desire to see how Luckring’s fragments become a whole.”
See the complete list of winners of both Individual Poem Awards and Distinguished Books Awards in the Touchstone Archives.