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Eginning with a description of the honey in terms that will be familiar to wine connoisseurs Day 3 Sag Harbor NY Early Spring Honey which has a color pale and clear as snowmelt and the smell cool sugar crystals but also brings to mind a stingless jellyfish I once held in my hand in Oman The taste like the end of winterwhen. I might be a part time vegan but I need some of this honey Particularly the peach honey The stories and poems in this collection are short creative and lovely I hope to read by El Mohtar

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You can still see clumps of snow on the ground and the air is heavy with damp The differences between the types of honey allow El Mohtar to move back and forth between the poetic and the casually contemporary with the experiment of the tasting as the unifying structure A perfect gift a hidden treasure a delight for the sens. This is the most beautiful work of fiction I have read since I had the privilege to read Lisa L Hannett this year and I think this tiny book will stay with me for a long time The Honey Month is inspired and inspiring The writing is ethereal and sweet like a flake of a sugar crystal The book is what art would translate to words and the short stories and poems in here will reform your soul

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Amal El Mohtar's The Honey Month with an introduction by Danielle Sucher ranks among the year’s most exuisite treasures This beautiful volume of short fictions and poems takes as its inspiration the author's tasting of 28 different kinds of honey one per day Each tasting leads to a different literary creation each entry b. This is a delightful little book uite remarkable It is based on a very simple idea and on a simple gift A friend of El Mohtar s gave her a gift of some samples of different types of honey With this gift she wrote a set of tasting notes and reflections for each honey 28 in all El Mohtar is a poet and writer of speculative fiction and she puts her talent to good use This is an example of one of the tasting notes Day 10 French Rhododendron HoneyColour The colour of sugar dissolving in hot water that white cloudiness with a faint yellow tint I can only see when looking at it slantwise to the left of me not when I hold it up to the lightSmell Strange it has almost no scent at all it s also crystallised so it s a bit difficult to scoop some out with the wand but it smells cold with an elusive citrus suirt hovering about its edgesTaste There is a kind of sugar cube my grandfather used to give my sister and me every morning when we were small not so much a cube as a cabochon irregularly rounded clear and cloudy by turns It was called sikkar nabet which is plant sugar This tastes like it The honey taste is so pale so faint it really is almost sugar water I m reminded of maple sap in buckets right at the beginning of the boiling process that produces maple syrup where it s still water enough to be used for steeping tea After each set of tasting notes is a piece of fiction or poetry These are very varied poems gothic and unusual tales some are very sensual and erotic some are almost fairy tales and mythical She drinks the light like lemonadeSips it bit by liuid bitUntil the day falls dark and softLicked slow as honey cleanHer throat is wide as an open doorInviting honest full of songAnd the light it wants it tumbles inLike a girl after a rabbitShe swallows every now and thenLicks her lips parts them for Every now and then she sleepsWhile she does the Moonish manBuilds his nets chases his dogShe would take him by the handLook into his eyes and say Love you should know better nowThe world is not for catching loveNot for having not for keepingThe world is all for sipping loveSo tilt back your head and drinkBut he will never hear her sopreocuppied with precious plansHe has no willing ear to lendWhile he mutters on and onShe wakes to uiet lonelinessDresses walks to her windowsillAnd sip by sip lick by lickDraws night back home againThere are nods to Goblin Market Angela Carter and but this is really very original stuff Temptation awakening attraction seduction and interesting undercurrents abound The art work and illustrations are excellent It s very short and best read in small chunks but the whole is a delight

10 thoughts on “The Honey Month

  1. says:

    This is a delightful little book uite remark

  2. says:

    Outstanding Beautiful uiet and thoughtful

  3. says:

    A lovely collection of poetry prose poetry and microfiction all inspired by different types of honey I could practically taste each honey as it was described; experience it as the stories and poems and scraps of myth unfolded It's a very sensuous and beautiful collection and for all that it's so slight it's very worth reading

  4. says:

    Such an unusual book I know I've never read anything like it and maybe never will again Very sensuous in the telling and describing of the honey using poetry stories self made myths It makes this reader want to taste them all all 28 days of honey though some definitely entice than others

  5. says:

    35This is one book where I think it helps to have read the blurb before reading I didn’t and found myself uite lost for some time It turns out that the book was inspired by a gift of honey samples; each section is a riff on a different flavour and I think it really does help to know that at the beginning because the bo

  6. says:

    I might be a part time vegan but I need some of this honey Particularly the peach honey The stories and poems in this collection are short creative and lovely I hope to read by El Mohtar

  7. says:

    I first became aware of this collection when a version of Cranberry Honey appeared during the Podcastle Flash Fiction contest last year The writing blew me away so when I saw Amal at Wiscon35 I got it storypoem is based on a jar of honey Amal received as a gift sampler Such a beautiful collection The poems and stories in this need

  8. says:

    This is a book worthy of worship and I encourage you to enjoy its succour in small doses of devotion one honey at a time My full review is over at

  9. says:

    This is the most beautiful work of fiction I have read since I had the privilege to read Lisa L Hannett this ye

  10. says:

    So beautiful and flavorful and just deliciously synesthetic

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