BCB Holy Moly Carry Me


An unflinching, open-hearted inquiry that encompasses religion, disaster, resilience, infertility, adoption, parenthood, and what it means to love one’s neighbor.

Winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for Poetry

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

Erika Meitner’s fifth collection of poetry plumbs human resilience and grit in the face of disaster, loss, and uncertainty. These narrative poems take readers into the heart of southern Appalachia—its highways and strip malls and gun culture, its fragility and danger—as the speaker wrestles with what it means to be the only Jewish family in an Evangelical neighborhood and the anxieties of raising one white son and one black son amidst racial tensions and school lockdown drills. With a firm hand on the pulse of the uncertainty at the heart of 21st century America and a refusal to settle for easy answers, Meitner’s poems embrace life in an increasingly fractured society and never stop asking what it means to love our neighbor as ourselves.