Poem: Trees

They had grown together
like trees, trunks intertwined,
bark melting into bark.

They had been sisters
in the warm corner behind the tiled stove,
their bodies crammed into a space too small,
their hair mingling,
and their hands holding the book:

reading
voices
interrupting each other
and growing louder,
drowning
each other out.

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Review of Tendrils: A Book of Many Roots

Tendrils was reviewed by Julia Korbik, author of Stand Up. Feminismus für Anfänger und Fortgeschrittene (Stand Up. Feminism for Beginners and Advanced Learners).

Zuzi in par­tic­u­lar is fight­ing the bat­tle for self-de­ter­mi­na­tion, to no longer to be a pro­jec­tion of those who yearn after her; to por­tray her­self, rather than be por­trayed. Alena tells her, ‘There’s some­thing about you which can’t be soft­ened. (…) Some­thing which can’t be smoothed out with brush strokes’. At the same time, the story of a coun­try’s eman­ci­pa­tion is being told: the Czech Re­pub­lic. Ochre and Tomàš ex­pe­ri­enced and took part in the Vel­vet Rev­o­lu­tion in 1989. Zuzi and Alena grew up in post-So­viet Czech Re­pub­lic, but they are not un­affected by the past.

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