The Moment of Change – First Review!

The first and very positive review of MoC just came out at Cascadia Subduction Zone. The reviewer is Rachel Swirsky, who writes:

As the first anthology of its kind, The Moment of Change takes on the project of defining its own genre. Lemberg aspires toward a feminist speculative poetry that is diverse and adaptable. […] Before women can sing, they must first find their voices. In the poems of The Moment of Change, the right to speak is rarely taken for granted. It’s contested, anxious territory that women must fight to access. […] [The anthology’s] true heft is in how it contributes to the feminist conversation by putting these diverse poems in tension with each other, revealing how the feminist speculative poetry movement uses words to describe oppression and incite revolution.

Rachel highlights poems by Lisa Bradley, Amal El-Mohtar, Yoon Ha Lee, Emily Jiang, Sofia Rhei, JoSelle Vanderhooft, and JT Stewart, among others.

(I am glad reviewers are highlighting specific poems –  I personally wouldn’t know what to highlight out of the sheer desire to highlight them all. )

This issue of CSZ is dedicated to poetry. So far I enjoyed poems by Emily Jiang and Michele Bannister; and I especially recommend Amal El-Mohtar’s review of Sonya Taaffe’s beautiful A Mayse-Bikhl, and Eileen Gunn’s review of JT Stewart’s Promised Lands: Poems From The Sovereign Of Dishpan Sonnets. JT Stewart is incredible, and her poetry is incredible, and I hope you will feel the same way when you read her work in MoC!

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Rose Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Tiptree, Elgin, Rhysling, and Crawford awards.

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