Cover features the frame of a roof and snow/ash-like detritus in the sky.

So Long the Sky

Mary Kovaleski Byrnes

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978-1-9997736-7-0 · 128 pages · 153 × 234 mm


So Long the Sky is an echo. A feeling that lingers between the past and the present. The motivation of a family history that spans decades and continents, and a history that moulds and remembers—where it has been, where it is going.

Mary Kovaleski Byrnes’ poems have appeared in Guernica, [PANK], Sugar House Review, Cimarron Review, The Hampden-Sydney Poetry Review, Best of the Net, and elsewhere. She is co- founder of the EmersonWRITES program at Emerson College where she is a faculty member in the Writing, Literature & Publishing department.


Praise & Reviews

It is rare for a first book to have such range and depth—the trials of the immigrant; the paradoxes of romance and family life; the wrangling with saints as well as sinners—So Long the Sky is a beautifully written travelogue of the soul. — John Skoyles

These poems see home so clearly they break down distinctions between citizen and refugee, plead with us to define family more widely: ‘No borders / No borders / No borders.’ — Jill McDonough

These poems are blessed with life and change. Like birds, these poems move from ash to flame and then back to life. — Devin Kelly

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