Malone, Dana



This chapbook renders the loss of mothers through haunting sweeps of images rooted in childhood and hospital rooms, churches and birds. The poets' voices, augmented by those of two siblings, are amplified by the poems' musical invocations-ode, hymn, recitative. As this chorus intones "the gap in space where you should be," a refrain that echoes through each poem, Malone and Suzanne deliver a collection that blends aria and elegy.-Annette Sisson, author of A Casting Off (2019, Finishing Line Press) and Small Fish in High Branches (2022, Glass Lyre Press)


Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Dana Malone is the recipient of the 2020 poetry prize from Waxing & Waning/Tempest Edition. Her work was accepted for the 2021-2022 Women Speak of Women of Appalachia Project, and she recently completed a residency for Art Wire, a collaboration of the Porch Writers Collective and OZ Arts Nashville. Her work has appeared on the podcast, Versify; in Number One, Wordpeace, and Native; on the stages of Tennessee Women's Theater Project; and through #MusicCitySingsAt6.