ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | For the Woman Alone by Ashley Inguanta



Ashley Inguanta’s second collection is a collage of loss and healing, photography and poetry, memory and hope. Arranged around the author’s own photography, Inguanta’s sincere and passionate poetry holds moments in time and releases them with compassion.


What People Are Saying about For the Woman Alone

"This is a love letter this is a lost journal this is a found journal this is an artifact a record a trace an accident a secret a promise. This is a finger across the skin, for a moment, and then gone." – Stephen Graham Jones, The Least of My Scars

"For the Woman Alone is more than a book, it is an experience–it is the moment carefully carved out from the haunting past and daunting future. This collection reminds us that the moment is all that can truly belong to us–and the best of us is only found when we surrender it to another. These poems perpetually carry the scent of blueberries on a lover's breath and softly places us in the ocean. If you have ever wondered where to locate love, it resides within these pages." – Nicelle Davis, Becoming Judas

"For the Woman Alone is a raw and tender offering. Eat from its garden these words "soft as a cardinal," then swim dreamlike through "the open window" of each image unfolding "the layers of your life" and blooming like "a hymn in the sky." – Molly Gaudry, We Take Me Apart

Publisher’s Information

<li><b>PUBLISHER:</b> Ampersand Books</li>
<li><b>ISBN:</b> 978-0988732896</li>
<li><b>DIMENSIONS:</b> 8 x 0.2 x 10 inches</li>
<li><b>PAGES:</b> 48]</li>
<li><b>PRICE:</b> $24.95</li>
<li><b>RELEASE DATE:</b> 06/08/2014</li>
<li><b><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Woman-Alone-Ashley-Inguanta/dp/0988732890" target="blank">PURCHASE HERE</a></b></li>


Recommended Works by Ashley Inguanta

Favorite Eckleburg Work: https://eckleburg.org/from-we-take-me-apart-a-novella-by-molly-gaudry/

The Walled Wife by Nicelle Davis

Nicelle Davis's The Walled Wife unearths from the long-standing text "The Ballad of the Walled-up Wife," a host of issues that continue to plague women in the contemporary world: the woman's body as sacrifice; the woman's body as tender or currency; the woman's body as disposable; the woman's body as property; the woman's body as aesthetic object; the woman's body unsafe in the world she must inhabit, and in the hands of the people she loves. READ MORE

Open Letter to Quiet Light by Francesca Lia Block

Open Letter to Quiet Light will make readers feel as if they are peering at secret writings meant for the eyes of a lover alone, but these carefully crafted lines somehow transcend the personal to touch everyone who has experienced this kind of consuming, wrenching love.

In these fiercely passionate, devastatingly revealing, sometimes spiritual, and often painful poems, Francesca Lia Block describes in fiery detail the rise and demise of a year-long love affair. Her rich use of language infused with the power of sex and spirit finally paint a transcendent, almost mythic portrait of the way two wounded people—both searching for connection—find each other, collide, and eventually separate. The words seem to bleed onto the page and even the most graphic moments have a devotional quality filled with nuanced expression and unbridled intimacy. READ MORE

Discussion Questions for For the Woman Alone

  1. In For the Woman Alone, the speaker honors the one she loves through poems and art. Throughout your life, who have you loved? How can you continue to honor them, or begin to honor them?


About Ashley Inguanta


Ashley Inguanta is a Florida-based writer and artist who is driven by landscape, place. She is the author of three collections: The Way Home (Dancing Girl Press), For the Woman Alone (Ampersand Books), and Bomb (Ampersand Books). Ashley has also served as the Art Director of SmokeLong Quarterly for the past five years. In 2013, she was named as “one of the six Central Florida poets you should know” by Orlando Arts Magazine, and in 2015 she was named Best Poet in Orlando by The Orlando Weekly.



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Ashley Inguanta’s second collection is a collage of loss and healing, photography and poetry, memory and hope. Arranged around the author’s own photography, Inguanta’s sincere and passionate poetry holds moments in time and releases them with compassion.

Ashley Inguanta on Flickr
Ashley Inguanta
Ashley is a contributing artist for SmokeLong Quarterly and has photography featured in Redivider. She has a growing portfolio on Vogue Italia’s Web site, Vogue.it.

Ashley Inguanta is a contributing artist for SmokeLong Quarterly and has photography featured in Redivider. She has a growing portfolio on Vogue Italia’s Web site, Vogue.it. “The way time and layers come together to create certain energies — that is what I explored in this set. Each subject here is also a friend of mine. There are layers between us, layers of closeness, shared experience. When I photographed these women, we experienced the moment together and as individuals. I wrapped them each in my energy, and they wrapped me. We didn’t speak much, but we moved together. We all carry the layers of our lives with us. In my need to wrap, to cover, to fold, I find privacy — and I also find that the world slows, becomes simply what is dearest.”

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