From the Inside Quietly

From the Inside Quietly


A complex examination of how we come to love and how we come to be, the poems in From the Inside Quietly create an intricate and urgent music of the border and the feminine body. With a voice that’s barbed at times but also full of empathy and grace, this is a powerful debut that will continue to rattle and quake in the mind.
—Ada Limón

In From the Inside Quietly, Eloisa Amezcua writes, “in my own mind / I’m a mirror. // I see everything // except myself.” This book holds reflection—both the noun and verb of it—at its core, from “the bottom of the pool // opal and shimmering” to meditations on language, intimacy, and the self. These poems trouble themselves with what we know and what we don’t: what a daughter knows of her mother’s difficult childhood; what a psychiatrist knows of his patients that their own families don’t know; what we know of our lovers; and what we know of ourselves. Despite all the tricks of light and shadow a mirror can play, all the tricks of distance and shape and proportion, in this stunning collection we encounter a poet who sees, feels, and writes with aching clarity.
—Maggie Smith

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  • Gwendolyn

    I see why Ada Limon chose this debut poetry collection to win the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize. I’ve discovered some new favorites here. Persistent themes include the female body (often in relation to t...

  • John Taylor

    This is a beautiful book. Strongly advise you add Eloisa Amezcua to your reading list and bookshelf....

  • M

    (on pain):the world becomes impossiblytender like fingers swollenpapules of foreign materiallodged in the bodyto be unroofed orleft there to dissolve...

  • Nicole O'Donnell

    So much language play and lithe connection. These poems showed me graceful in a way I hadn’t thought about. I think I have a crush on the thoughts that these poems grew from. ...

  • Jose Hernandez Diaz

    a pleasure to read. Vulnerable yet strong and beautiful. Perfectly executed. Hats off to this exciting poet....