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Eve Luckring — Touchstone Distinguished Books Honorable Mention 2018

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
crow’s caw

“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.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. I read more than 40 collections of haiku and related micropoetry in the past 12 months, and this is the one I’ve gone back to most often.

  2. Thank you to Bruce Feingold and all of the judges for their time and commitment to this process. And thank you for the comments! It is wonderful to have The Tender Between honored in this way.

  3. This book is everything a Touchstone Award winning book should be. Congratulations to Eve and also Ornithopter Press (Mark Harris)!

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