From the Inside Quietly by Eloisa Amezcua

From the Inside Quietly

A complex examination of how we come to love and how we come to be, the poems in From the Inside Quietly create an intricate and urgent music of the border and the feminine body. With a voice that’s barbed at times but also full of empathy and grace, this is a powerful debut that will continue to rattle and quake in the mind. —Ada LimónIn From the Inside Quietly, Eloisa Amezcua writes, “in my own mind / I’m a mirror. // I see everything ...

Details From the Inside Quietly

TitleFrom the Inside Quietly
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherShelterbelt Press
GenrePoetry, Feminism, Own

Reviews From the Inside Quietly

  • Brandon Amico
    A sparkling debut collection that embraces and revels in the contradictions inherent in our existences. The poems can be explosive, driving, or can slowly unfold with exceptional precision. They explore the need for companionship alongside requiring solitude to know oneself; desire on one hand and a wielded anger on the other. They play on the taut thread of the speaker and her family’s Spanish and English. And they are so tuned into where they...
  • Gwendolyn
    I see why Ada Limon chose this debut poetry collection to win the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize. I’ve discovered some new favorites here. Persistent themes include the female body (often in relation to the male), love, immigration, and health concerns. A couple thought-provoking lines:This is how I was / taught to love: / to silence yourself / is to let the other in. andYou told me that falling in love / with someone new was just falling / in love w...
  • John LaPine
    frank and honest poems concerned with the self, feminine identity, multilingualism and language, and family/parenthood/childhood. enjoyed a lot of these poems. looking forward to teaching some of them, especially to Spanish-speaking students.
  • John Taylor
    This is a beautiful book. Strongly advise you add Eloisa Amezcua to your reading list and bookshelf.
  • M
    (on pain):the world becomes impossiblytender like fingers swollenpapules of foreign materiallodged in the bodyto be unroofed orleft there to dissolve
  • Jessica Hopper
    Tender and incisive in equal measure.
  • Nicole O'Donnell
    So much language play and lithe connection. These poems showed me graceful in a way I hadn’t thought about. I think I have a crush on the thoughts that these poems grew from.
  • Jose Hernandez Diaz
    a pleasure to read. Vulnerable yet strong and beautiful. Perfectly executed. Hats off to this exciting poet.
  • Carly Miller
    I adore Eloisa's poems. This book blooms through the body, examining what it means to be a contemporary woman, and how our lineage--whether familial/genetic/cultural, whether a string of interactions with the lover, the reader, other authors--creates our sense of self.
  • Barton Smock
    Eloisa Amezcua’s From the Inside Quietly has a voice that asks its hearer to articulate what is missing from readers elsewhere. I don’t know how to prove it. Does beauty know beauty is a shortcut? From text messages to auto correct, from theoretically falling cats to the dry worship of things relayed with no inflection, Amezcua collects communique to salvage the non-dueling songs of hurt and heal while acknowledging with soul how being has to...