The Parting is a collection of one dozen prose poems and short fictions previously published and anthologized. These compressed, lyrical, and narrative works conjure quiet dream worlds of partings, transformations, and transmigrations. Invisible witnesses populate these half-familiar, half-illusory dreamscapes: Honey bees, foxes, milk white birds, ghost girls, water nymphs, lost infants, feral cats, and winged visitors haunt the shaded spaces of the living.
The cover painting by Robert Valdes foretells the book’s atmosphere of midnight blues.
“Like a porcelain bowl filled with river stones, The Parting presents a series of intimate, lapidary, water-worn worlds that will haunt the reader long after they have closed the book.” –Campbell McGrath
“In the spirit of Marquez and Hass, Wolff’s poems are spun from dream-logic, unforgettable language, and in equal measure her powerful lyric imagination and heart.” –Shara McCallum
“Melora Wolff’s prose poems perfect an atmosphere of dream-like repose. Her language shimmers like the darkening surface of water. As I go deeper and deeper into this book of partings, I sense the torn ditch of experience being replaced by new soil and grass.” –Henri Cole