Including the poem "Mortgage"
Women's National Book Association 2016 Writing Contest

3rd Place Winner

Photo by Jennifer Potts

Photo by Jennifer Potts

Listen to Nicole on "The Reading Life: with Susan Larson:

These poems explore a common life, offering cadences of the everyday in images...lovingly attuned to what it means to see the world in both its joys and sorrows and to not be afraid. These are incantations to turn to when the path seems dark. Trust me, they will help.
— ROBERT KINSLEY, author of "Field Stones" and "Endangered Species"
… In James Baldwin’s 1956 novel Giovanni’s Room, a character muses that “perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” If Eiden’s poetry is about any one thing, it is that irrevocable condition. It’s about the old home we leave without ever quite leaving it, and the new home we build out of some uneven mixture of coincidence and desire. It’s also about marriage – the unlikely effort to forge a home with another human – and about children, and our hopeful wish
to strengthen a home for those who come after us … On this tour of all her homes, the poet writes with pride but without arrogance, with wit but without guile, and with grace but without unnecessary ornament. Moving poetry that kindly
welcomes readers in to sit down and rest awhile.
— Kirkus Reviews Volume LXXXIV, No. 5, I March 2016, page 149

Order at your local indie bookstore, B&N, Books-A-Million or Amazon.  In New Orleans, the book is available at Maple Street Book Shop and Garden District Book Shop.

I Am One of You
By Nicole M K Eiden