Donna Spruijt-Metz's General Release from the Beginning of the World

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Donna Spruijt-Metz's General Release from the Beginning of the World

DONNA SPRUIJT-METZ discusses her most recent book, General Release from the Beginning of the World

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Chevalier's Books 133 North Larchmont Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90004

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In GENERAL RELEASE FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD, Donna Spruijt-Metz attempts to reconcile the death of the father, the lies of the mother, a hidden half-sister, and the love for a daughter-with the impossible desire to banish the past from the present. She examines shifting relationships with the holy, referred to in the book only as 'YOU.' She asks: "Do YOU hear/a whisper/in YOUR//constant night/-and then listen?" She breaks her own heart to touch yours.


Donna Spruijt-Metz is a poet, a psychology and public health professor at the University of California, and a recent MacDowell Fellow in poetry (September-October 2021). She attended rabbinical school for a year and a half but decided she needed to write poetry about the holy, and there are only twenty-four hours in the day. Her first career was as a classical flutist. She lived in the Netherlands for twenty-two years and translates Dutch poetry into English. Her poetry and translations appear in Copper Nickel, Tahoma Literary Review, Los Angeles Review, RHINO, The Cortland Review, Poetry Northwest, The Inflectionist Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbooks are 'Slippery Surfaces' (Finishing Line Press) and 'And Haunt the World' (a collaboration with Flower Conroy, Ghost City Press). She is on the web at