Sometimes collage essay, sometimes daybook, sometimes poetry, Day Counter offers snapshots of daily life—at home, in the workplace, and within the societal (often politically-charged) meeting-grounds we all navigate—that contemplates concepts of naming, distance between speaker and experience, and dissonance of reality through a vernacular directness that is underwired with formal control. Permeating the work is an awareness of the arrival of a never-certain next thing, balanced in an architecture that is poised upon the potential premise of its own collapse.
About the Author
SARA MUMOLO is the author of Mortar. She serves as the associate director for the MFA in Creative Writing program at Saint Mary’s College of California.
"In Day Counter, Sara Mumolo enters the space of motherhood poetry but turns her lens in an underexplored direction: economics. . . . The desire for more time undergirds the work of many mother-poets, including Mumolo, but Mumolo’s focus on money makes her collection one of a kind. The other revolutionary aspect of Day Counter is that, although the book takes place mostly after birth, the physical child is almost completely absent from its pages."
— Georgia Review