Below, check out Best of Adroit: 2010-2013 contributor Chloe Honum reading her poem “Alone With Mother,” and be sure to check out the full issue this spring, online or in print!

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After my mother died, I began to forget the sound of her voice. While writing this poem, I remembered that in life we communicated as much through silence as we did through anything else. Now I listen for her in a different way.

Chloe Honum is the author of The Tulip-Flame, selected by Tracy K. Smith as winner of the 2013 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. A recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, Honum’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Southern Review, among other journals. She was born in Santa Monica, California, and was raised in Auckland, New Zealand.

Peter LaBerge
Peter LaBerge

Peter LaBerge founded The Adroit Journal in 2010, as a high school sophomore. His work appears in Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review Online, Pleiades, and Tin House, among others. He is the recipient of a 2020 Pushcart Prize.

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