Poetry in Progress

Thin as Air, by Ellie Altman. (chapbook manuscript)

In Thin as Air, the poet confronts her underlying fear that, one day, she will become so slender and spare, take up so little space, that she might just disappear. These poems deal with the emotional complexities around body image, aging, eating habits, and womanhood. But there is joy here in the idea of smallness too—the small moments and little things that make each day worth the trouble of dancing through. On the underside of every struggle, every questioning, is the soft, persistent glow of hope as these poems embrace twilight as the perfect time for rebirth—her slow unraveling and shrinking making way for a metamorphosis.