A Single Throat Opens


Publication Date: September 2017

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Praise for “A Single Throat Opens”

In their moving collection, A Single Throat Opens, “M” and “M” invent multiple languages and forms with which to explore the altered consciousness of children of alcoholics, as well as the raw and slippery nature of “truth”. This nuanced and experimental collaboration—epistolary, rich in metaphor, investigative, reconstructive—is not only a gorgeous work of shared art-making but the document of a hard journey. It’s as if two immigrants from a ruined village found each other years later in a new country and, after a long, imposed silence, were able to practice the sustaining dialect of their troubled home country—a language which, translated here so precisely, so adeptly for the reader, opens into unexpected light.

Lia Purpura, author of “Rough Likeness”

Reviews & Previews

Broken Glass: Fragments on Addiction and Kaveh Akbar’s “Portrait of an Alcoholic” and Meghan McClure & Michael Schmeltzer’s “A Single Throat Opens”

Amazon Review

Black Warrior Review: One Other Thing

Black Lawrence Press: A Single Throat Opens (excerpt)

Apéritifs: In the months leading up to the release of our collaborative, lyric exploration of addiction, Meghan McClure and I will be compiling a playlist pairing songs with new writing to be enjoyed before the main course. Cheers, friends.

Lying to You (MM)

Do You Feel It (MS)

Not What You Wanted (MM)

Twilight (MS)

Nobody (MM)

Memento Mori (MS)

Beer in Babylon (MM)

All is Full of Love (MS)

Only the Winds (MM)

Pleasure Principle (MS)

The Forest, the River, the Thirst (MM)

Lisa (MS)

Only Dreams in Total Darkness (MM)