Damn, y’all. I’ve been looking forward to this book’s launch and it delivered! If you’re going to read one book of poetry in the near future, this is my recommendation. The book is a narrative, a story of war coming to a town, the resistance of the people, and the inevitable outcome of their choices. It’s a story, a commentary on our current political climate, and beautiful/devastating poems. Seriously, buy here.
From “I, This Body”
Wife taken, child // not three days out of the womb, in my arms, our apartment / empty, on the floor // the dirty snow from her boots.
From “A City Like a Guillotine Shivers On Its Way to the Neck”
At the trial of God, we will ask: why did you allow all this? / And the answer will be an echo: why did you allow all this?
From “Firing Squad”
Tonight they shot fifty women on Lerna Street. / I sit down to write and tell you what I know: / a child learns the world by putting it in her mouth, / a girl becomes a woman and a woman, earth.