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Each Knuckle with Sugar

"I love this book. [...] Look, some of its tanginess may leap off the page and startle your fingers. Some of its honey may stick to your knuckles. Let it."


— Chen Chen, author of Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency



“I have been reading Sarah Levine's poems for the past decade and in this luminous first collection she fulfills the promise of her earlier work. Each Knuckle with Sugar explores the romantic relationship between Herman and Begonia who meet at his mother's funeral. Each poem in which they inhabit is vivid, lyrical, poignant, often passionate and always intimate. As their relationship matures the metaphoric language is never predictable, a touch eccentric and always blissfully original. Read these poems and I guarantee you will bask in their humanity and, ultimately, be transformed in the mystery of their elegance.”


— Kevin Pilkington, author of Playing Poker with Tennessee Williams



“Sarah Levine’s award-winning debut collection introduces us to Herman and Begonia, two people who embark on a love affair as they try to find a way out of a landscape stripped bare by loneliness and grief. There is a strangeness, an intensity, a blurring of the real and the surreal that makes this tale of love and loss intimate and authentic. Levine has a strong command of the image, metaphor and simile, that renders these poems vivid and dreamlike. If there is grief, there is also humor: Herman’s lists of questions to ask Begonia on their dates are original, to say the least. As they speak in turn, in their fragmented voices, Herman and Begonia become achingly human, their need for love and their thwarted attempts at salvation all too familiar.”


— Martín Espada, author of Floaters



Author: Sarah Levine

Genre: Poetry Collections

ISBN: 978-1-949065-30-5

Page Count: 74

Release Date: February 6 2024


**Cover Art by Józef Simmler

**Cover Design by Sally Franckowiak & Jerrod Schwarz

Each Knuckle with Sugar

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