Poetry

Open Books Reading

 

Join us in celebrating the release of Xandria Phillips's chapbook, Reasons for Smoking. I will be reading alongside Phillips and Quenton Baker at at Open Books on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. & look out for Xandria's workshop on Sunday. 

 
Cave Canem and Callalloo fellow Xandria Phillips reads from her new chapbook “Reasons for Smoking,” selected by Claudia Rankine as winner of the 2016 Seattle Review chapbook contest. She’ll be reading in the excellent company of Quenton Baker (author of This Glittering Republic) and Winter Tangerine editor Sarah Maria Medina.
— Sarah Galvin, City Arts
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Black Warrior Review

 

Thank you to Black Warrior Review and Rachel McKibbens for selecting my poem, "From a Poet to her Rumbero," for the 2017 Poetry Award. Black Warrior Review is a dream journal, and it is a true honor. 

At the center of “From a Poet to her Rumbero” is a bucking heart, grappling with its fanged history & unbreaking fever. You sense its luminous pulse from the opening scene: i’m a dying sky of eagles / i’m arrowed into it. The poem’s language is unbridled yet moves with a sinuous grace, cinematic in scope–you can almost hear the trumpets blaring as each new line unfurls its glittering tapestry of Spanish and english: grey mirada turned ice y todo / i’m blessed with ancestor names / i’m protected by light / tú cantas y cantas y cantas / until i know all your harmony / but i won’t beg you to see me. I will always treasure the full-body, heart throttle of a poem that refuses to simplify love-grief & its many heads. From a Poet to her Rumbero is adventurous and much larger than its page, the form barely able to hold steady the text’s orchestral muscle, providing a gorgeous collision of ferocity & song.
— Rachel McKibbens