I Won't Be/Long Here (Paperback)
With lines like "I am making a reduction of my life so I might understand yours" and "When you show me this wine in your kitchen, I remember the flavor of apples / picked that morning, the melt of spring butter over latticed crust / and a grandmother who splashed wine into our water to make us stronger," Lisa Mas shows that her sense of understanding and writing do belong here, in poetry, for a good long while.
-Mary Elder Jacobsen, Poet
Lisa takes us on a journey to the beloved country of her birth in the ancestral Dolomites, braiding sweet and sour tales of her love of the land, traditions and rituals that formed her core values. Her rich heritage of recipes and language illuminate each story using flavorful words from her two worlds. Being uprooted from her original home, she was faced with a challenging childhood. Yet, through it all, she held on to the rich traditions, "singing a song echoed from the mountains" that witnessed her birth and filled her bones to navigate a truly inspirational life.
-Jesse LoVasco, Author of Native (Homebound Publications)