At the Table of the Unknown

On June 8, 2018, I watched a talent show at my children’s elementary school. We had just heard the news of Anthony Bourdain’s death, and when I got home, I wrote the poem, “Remembering You, Anthony Bourdain, at the Elementary School Talent Show.” https://www.rattle.com/remembering-you-anthony-bourdain-at-the-elementary-school-talent-show-by-alexandra-umlas/

The title of my first collection of poetry, At the Table of the Unknown, comes from this poem. I began writing the book twenty years ago, when my husband and I visited Pompeii with a camera (not a camera phone), and he refused to take pictures. The poem, “He Refuses to Take Pictures in Pompeii,” comes from this moment– The complete collection of poems is now available on Amazon and from Moon Tide Press:

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/1733949321/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_FaU.CbJ3VEEKB

https://www.moontidepress.com/books