So Long the Sky
Mary Kovaleski Byrnes
978-1-9997736-7-0 · 128 pages · 153 × 234 mm · May 2018
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.
Included in The Adroit Journal’s Best of: Poetry 2018.
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
[An] extraordinary book of poems. — Eleanor Wilner
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