So often in poetry collections, we read work that bear witness to the conflict, whether that be Poet vs. The World, Poet vs. Nature, or even Poet vs. Themselves. However, in You Must Be This Tall To Ride, we’re gifted with a unique perspective – namely, what happens after the battle is fought? Contained in these pages are poems that bear witness to the afterwards; to the fighter, post-victory & battle-wearied, who must carry on with their lives, with matters of day-to-day existence.
– William James, author, rebel hearts & restless ghosts
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About SaraEve Fermin
SaraEve is a performance poet and epilepsy advocate from northeast New Jersey. A 2015 Best of the Net nominee, she has performed for both local and national events, including the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles 2015 Care and Cure Benefit to End Epilepsy in Children and as a reader for Great Weather for MEDIA at the 2016 NYC Poetry Festival on Governors Island. You might have met her volunteering at various national poetry slams. A Contributing Editor for Words Dance Magazine and Book Reviewer at Swimming with Elephants Publishing, her work can be found or is forthcoming in GERM Magazine, Yellow Chair Review, Drunk in a Midnight Choir and the University of Hell Press anthology We Can Make Your Life Better: A Guidebook to Modern Living, among others. Her second full length anthology, You Must Be This Tall to Ride, will be published by Swimming with Elephants Press in fall 2016. She believes in the power of foxes and self-publishing. Learn more: http://saraeve41.wix.com/saraevepoet
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Adversity has met the author seemingly at every turn throughout her life, which generates the gritty yet tender narratives laid out onto the pages. Openness and self-acceptance are explored as she establishes sense of place and engages the reader’s senses, guiding you on a heart-gripping journey through regret, despair, multi-generational addiction, epilepsy, depression, struggles with finances and pharmaceuticals, survival, devotion, and hope.
People from similar backgrounds may find comfort in the kinship of survival, while others may learn a thing or two about what it’s like to live and cope with mental illness, trauma, substance abuse, and recovery.
This book is a wild ride through 35 works, and provides a needed perspective to any book collection.