New from Letter Pen Press!
These Several Women: Love Poems is a collection of poetry about love, desire, and memory. The collection captures the wonder and beauty experienced when we fall in love; it also speaks to the ache that comes when love takes a turn we didn’t expect and everything falls to pieces. The work is inspired by a belief that love is the lifeblood of our existence here on earth—these poems sing that anthem.
All those who have been in love, who have known passion and heartbreak, will find an echo of their own memoies here. And if you are a woman in love with another woman, somewhere in these poems, you will recognize yourself.
These poems about the women I have loved
will outlive me, will still speak
when my lovers and I are silent.
They will last as long as language lasts,
our passion and heartache
will fall from a dusty shelf
in some other era, or filter across a screen
to be read by a forlorn writer
alone at midnight,
stumbling through someone else’s memories.
The First Reviews Are In:
“Cristina White’s poems…are hymns of honest gratitude for the memories of loves lost and the persistence of longing. In them, women who love women will surely recognize the sweet paradox of evanescent hope amidst her celebration of shining, small details. Remembrance is a thorny thing to capture, but Cristina has done so admirably in her poems, neatly entwining erotic passion with elegiac devotion.”
– Claire Goodman, Professor Media Arts
Long Island University
“Cristina White’s poetry brings the love between two women seductively into focus: ‘Now there are no hours/nor minutes, nor seconds/only this moment when/we are silent/while our hearts speak.’ The very act of reading these rich poems opens us up to the deepest experience available on this planet—that of love.”
– Jade Rosina McCutcheon
Director, Scholar, and Author
“A beautifully written collection of poems, pulsing with an overaching lyrical rhythm. Cristina White’s words eloquently capture the emotional journey toward love. From the first quivering anticipation to graceful sensual discovery through to love’s abiding depth, these poems reflect the universal heartbeat of what it is to love and in loving, discover ourselves. Whoever you love and share your life with, these poems will touch you with their honesty and beauty.”
Performer, Voice-Actor, Writer
Also from Letter Pen Press:
Sex and Soul: A Memoir of Salvation was the first publication from Letter Pen Press. This memoir from Cristina L. White affirms the worth of each person’s search to understand and claim their own authenticity. In a story of transition from compliance to nonconformity, the author shares her sexual awakening, spiritual transformation, and her political affinities—a trinity that fueled her change from good Catholic girl to an out and proud gay woman of color.
“I grew up in a world where it seemed that all women were meant to marry, and it was expected that every girl wanted to be a bride. I wanted to be Roy Rogers.”
Sex and Soul is a frank and often funny account of how one woman’s road to damnation became her sole path to salvation.
Read the reviews on our Publications page.