Herculaneum’s Fortune: ($15, 78pp, 6X9″, ISBN: 978-1-937536-66-4, Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-68114-134-3, LCCN: 2014938266, Purchase on Amazon): poems examine how Herculaneum and Pompeii’s destruction and excavation offer insight to our experience with chaos, loss, and transition.
Phylinda Moore lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals, including Fuselit, Midwest Literary Magazine, Bogg, Miller’s Pond Poetry Magazine, Anemone Sidecar, Philadelphia Stories, Words & Images, Punchnel’s, Liquid Imagination, and Milk Money Magazine. Moore holds an MFA from Rosemont College.
“Phylinda Moore describes the poems of Herculaneum’s Fortune as insight into ‘…chaos, loss, and transition.’ I found it also an exercise in imagining the past in fewer words, each ‘charged with meaning’ in ways sometimes quite breathtaking. On time and the circularity of endings she tells us:
you died again last night/ a wound at your stomach/ still in your car./ In the swirl of your death/ time flew back, gave a chance/ but it slipped again
And forced to accept absence, she says:
I feel love and future loss/ two opposites holding hands
These are wonderful poems, each telling its own story. And taken together something larger: Our Story.” –Beverly Swerling, Author of, Bristol House