Carmen Gimenez Smith
CARMEN GIMÈNEZ SMITH is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds (University of Arizona, 2010), three poetry collections-Goodbye, Flicker (University of Massachusetts, 2012), The City She Was (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011), and Odalisque in Pieces (University of Arizona, 2009, and has also co-edited a fiction anthology, My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me (Penguin, 2010). She teaches in the creative writing programs at New Mexico State University and Ashland University. She lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
In the past few years, many women writers, myself included, have written books about the ambivalence or the disjuncture of becoming a motherperhaps a literary tradition hearkening back to Sapphos ministrations to her students.
Aurelie Sheehan’s Jewelry Box catalogs, in part, the ephemeral treasures associated with love. The book begins its investigation with the eponymous prefatory story about a mother who shows her young daughter the rings and pins she treasures.