Set in Iowa and Rhode Island, these epistolary poems by Joy Christine Mlozanowski form a powerful, non-judgmental narrative around faith and the controversial topics of abortion and end-of-life care.
The story opens with Mae's diary entries to God as she and her husband confront the news of an abnormal pregnancy and agonize over the decisions they face. Taking time away to think, and to see her ailing grandmother, Mae visits her childhood home and reconnects with Will, a deaf friend who taught her to sign when they were young. After the visit, Mae and Will continue an intimate written exchange, through which Will shares his own struggle to honor his father's dying wishes, and reconcile his mother's reluctance to let go.
Night Flying will serve as an important discussion piece for book clubs, women’s forums, faith-based groups, and philosophy classes.
What's being said:
- Night Flying navigates darkness using only the instruments of the author’s finely tuned imagination. The work defies classification—poem, novella, epistolary meditation—while engaging many literary modes and amply fulfilling Ezra Pound’s famous dictum, Make it new. Audacious and original, it fuses Job-like questioning of God’s goodness with the colloquial exchange of emails, touching, as it does so, upon religious heritage, the flawed human flesh, childhood hopes, death’s certainty, the limits of language and truths to be apprehended only in silence. At the same time, the work embodies a powerful dialogue between the certainties of tradition and the dislocations of post-modernism, which in no way obscures its simpler and grander purpose. Night Flying is, above all else, a touching evocation of physical and spiritual suffering and love. —Tony Connor, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and author of five volumes of poetry from Oxford University Press. Among his latest books is Things Unsaid: New and Selected Poems (Anvil Press, London).
- With grace, insight and compassion, Joy Christine Mlozanowski introduces us to Mae and Will, childhood friends who now live half a continent apart, each caught in the need to make a difficult decision regarding others’ lives—Mae for her husband and unborn child, and Will for his aging parents. Mae and Will face choices that in a better world no one would need confront. The poems in Night Flying, correspondences between Mae and Will, chart the separate courses of their complex, emotionally challenging dilemmas. These are poems to linger over, direct and intricate at once, intimate and challenging, and greatly moving. —Jeff Mock, author of Ruthless
- An assured and graceful writer, Joy Christine Mlozanowski delivers a compelling story in this poetic narrative, shaped with enviable clarity and an unflinching voice. —Robin Troy, author of Liberty Lanes and Floating
About the author
Joy Christine Mlozanowski is a writer and visual artist who enjoys exploring the intersection of text, art, nature, and the human body. She is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and an M.S. in English. Joy also maintains a private practice as a meditation teacher and certified hypnotherapist with a focus on transpersonal awareness and expressive arts. Her writing and artwork have appeared in a variety of publications, and she currently serves as assistant editor at Pith Journal. She makes her home in New England.