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The Last Lullaby, by Rebecca Dietrich

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Poetry, chapbook, 24 pages, from Bottlecap Features.

In The Last Lullaby, Rebecca Dietrich weaves a tapestry of heartfelt poems that explore the depths of human suffering, resilience, and the relentless quest for justice. This powerful collection delves into the myriad facets of loss, from the personal to the cultural and environmental. The opening poem, "Taken," portrays the anguish of a mother whose daughter has vanished, symbolizing the broader trauma of colonization and cultural erasure. Throughout the collection, themes of relentless struggle and the cyclical nature of war, as depicted in "Futility," echo the devastating impact on families and nations.

Through powerful verses, Dietrich weaves narratives of children lost to conflict, environmental catastrophe, and societal neglect. "Futility" portrays the endless cycle of war, leaving families shattered and nations in ruins, while "Collapse" paints a grim picture of a world on the brink of ecological disaster, emphasizing the dire consequences for future generations. Poems like "Paloma" offer tender reflections on the dreams and hopes for unborn children, and "Daughters" addresses the inherited burdens and struggles faced by young girls in a world rife with inequality. The titular poem, "The Last Lullaby," encapsulates the collection's essence, blending themes of sorrow and enduring hope, suggesting that even in the face of unimaginable loss, a bittersweet melody persists. The Last Lullaby is a poignant exploration of the depths of human grief and the enduring strength found in the memories of lost children.

Rebecca Dietrich is a writer and photographer from Atlantic City. Her debut chapbook Scholar of the Arts and Inhumanities was published by Finishing Line Press in November of 2023. Rebecca's poetry has been featured in publications by Red Coyote, Havik, and Steam Ticket. Her poem "Taken," which sheds light on Missing Murdered Indigenous Women, was featured in the anthology S/He Speaks: Voices of Women and Trans Folx, published by Moonstone Press in 2023. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Holocaust & Genocide Studies from Stockton University. You can follow her on Instagram @limericks_and_asphodels.