By Tatiana Johnson,Vashti Harrison,Melissa Lozada-Oliva
“I comprehend i'm alive and demanding sufficient to dwell without end simply because Tatiana’s poems recommend i'm so. Her paintings exists on a airplane that's innately non secular, black and feminine. She pours into me a sweetness that's extraordinary; one who breaks open components of me and make allowance different components to suppose entire. every one line holiday and selection in diction sparks a jolt that reverberates lengthy after I’ve left Johnson’s paintings. Her phrases ring a bell in me of cool morning dew on grass; certainly attractive, deeply difficult, and designed in simple terms via god. Enjoy.”
-Porsha Olayiwola, 2014 person global Poetry Slam Champion and 2015 nationwide Poetry Slam Champion, Fog laptop Press
“Tatiana M.R. Johnson’s poetry reclaims the language of religion, so usually melded into anything reductive opposed to the physique. Johnson says we supply start to ourselves, back. back and all through this assortment she does that repeatedly. She ends at the poem “Psalm for black women” the place she says breathe during this fact of your self and abruptly, someplace, there are bells ringing. Do you listen them? She did that. Her kinds construct upon and speak to to one another whereas nonetheless leaving room for shock. there's a femme energy emphasised right here, the implication of the christian Madonna after which the demonstrate of the poet’s self as her personal Madonna. Her personal Black femme magic creating a new church. This booklet is a realm the place the affection of the self is the one prayer, and sisterhood is the holiest spirit. i'm grateful for the Black ladies in my existence, how they struggle for everybody whereas the area pushes opposed to them. i'm grateful for the affection Black women provide. i'm grateful for Tatiana M.R. Johnson, whose voice is a hymn, hands open. I by no means are looking to cease listening.”
- Jess Rizkallah, writer of "the magic my physique becomes"
“There is an influence in naming, in environment the list immediately, in asserting this can be and was once no longer what occurred to you; that eventually, you're not a made of situation, now not an inherited background, yet really a "forever haunting," an "ever-evolving-black girl," "all the sweetness in yourself." Tatiana Johnson's "for the affection of black ladies" units the checklist immediately. those are poems to disencumber, to extol, to acknowledge the great thing about black women and of black girlhood, ever shinning, ever attractive, ever actual. Tatiana Johnson writes many times into the moments the place the realm sought to render black girlhood an inadequacy, and unearths good looks inside of herself. this can be a needs to read.”
- Emmanuel Oppong-Yeboah, editor, pizza pi press
By Martha Silano
Martha Silano's new e-book What the reality Tastes Like, (Two Sylvias Press, 2015) is a moment version of her unique, award-winning assortment released in 1999. This revised e-book contains twenty new poems, a Foreword through David Kirby, and an Afterword by way of Martha Silano.
Praise for What the reality Tastes Like:
From clear-eyed recognition to the standard international, Martha Silano makes poems that educate, startle, and provides excitement as just a nice poem can. –David Kirby
Martha Silano finds that she invented the without end grieving Linzer torte and the self-effervescing catbox lid and that i think her. Her poems are packed with reliable stuff—sausages and Oklahoma villages and goals of parrots. even if love has long past bitter and the sweetheart has long gone south, the strength and inventiveness by no means flag. we all know she'll be correct again, delivering extra honest tastes. Take a major chunk, this can be a robust first serving. –Robert Hershon
Martha Silano writes with wit and intelligence, and she or he is both at domestic naming the birds on a seashore and the arcana of the telephone book. it's her love of language that distinguishes those poems and makes them so filled with startling information, and this not just on the point of the observe, but in addition within the syntax, which unearths the mind's continuous strategy and avoidance of its emotional domestic. –Alison Hawthorne Deming
The fact tastes like those succulent poems. Their refrains will shape in your lips and ring on your middle. In those wealthy, elegant--and wickedly witty--pieces, Martha Silano has captured the rhythms that percolate, unheard through the remainder of us, simply underneath the outside of way of life. –Laura Kalpakian
By Clea Roberts
Whether conversing of erotic love, household existence, non secular barren region, or family members entanglements, the poems of Auguries, the much-anticipated moment assortment from Yukon poet Clea Roberts, are saturated with their northern panorama. Roberts is definitely versed within the distances and dynamics among tedium and ecstasy, mild and darkish, isolation and solitude, freeze and thaw, move and stillness. Her poems are spare and fresh, every one like a unmarried larch in an incredible white undeniable; their exactness startling and arresting. because the Gerald Lampert Award jury quotation for her celebrated first publication famous, “Her photos . . . will not be purely crisp and distinct, yet have the capacity to talk about the actual stipulations of this position and its emotional panorama in a single and an identical lyrical breath . . .”
Written in the course of a interval within which Roberts either turned a mum or dad and misplaced a dad or mum, the poems in Auguries lend themselves to prayer, give up, party, reconciliation, meditation, and auspice.
the best way to breathe
and the attractive,
slow with cold. (from “Cold Snap”)
“Clea Roberts writes poems of transparent, quiet good looks. They include the silence of belief: alive to the area with open eye and open heart.” — Anne Michaels
By Hadel S. Ma'ayeh
By Patricia Smith
By Jessica Spraggins
By Jessica Tyner
—Marvin Bell, nationwide ebook Award Winner for Poetry, Guggenheim Fellowship for artistic Arts, Winner
Jessica Tyner masterfully conjures up the gut-punch of human life, wielding sharply crafted phrases that sure like a well-recognized melody threatening to bend out of track with each revelation.
—Jared Goode, Playwright Orange is the recent Musical
ORYGUN takes you domestic, marrying confessional poetry, whereas tapping deep into the reader’s cravings for an entire literary event. This selection of narrative poems contact on how the landscapes that helped increase us additionally form us, the intricacies of affection with ourselves and others, and shared human struggles of wish and wish, as we teeter on ever-changing, emotional edges.
We invite you to take pleasure in powerfully evocative and wonderfully written poems from Jessica's 3rd e-book of poetry, ORYGUN.
Why ORYGUN? “It’s Ory-gun, no longer Ora-gone.” local Oregonians—or those that have assimilated impressively well—have given this admonishment quite a few occasions. How somebody proclaims “Oregon” tells you if they’re a neighborhood or now not. Jessica Tyner, born and raised in Oregon, grew up seeing the well-known ORYGUN bumper stickers. As you meander father north in the direction of Portland, you’ll spot a peppering of “It’s Willamette, dammit!” stickers jumbled together with the needful “Keep Portland bizarre” instructions. definite, Oregon is a kingdom thick with towns, streets and rivers with strange, frequently local American-inspired, names and pronunciations from sofa (“Cooch”) to The Dalles (not “Dallas”—that’s one other urban in Oregon!).
For Oregonians, right pronunciation of the gorgeously eco-friendly country is greater than a question of delight. It’s a mild nod to the wealthy local American heritage of the quarter, and likewise rather like a mystery password to a truly specific club.
Jessica Tyner Mehta is the writer of The final unique Petting Zoo and What Makes an continually via Tayen Lane Publishing, and the inaccurate form of Indian via Wyatt MacKenzie Publishing. An award-winning poet, novelist and author, her paintings has seemed in over 50 magazines and journals worldwide, together with “Ray’s highway overview” which nominated her poem “Speleology” for a Pushcart Prize.
She has been a featured reader at a variety of literary occasions together with India’s foreign Poetry pageant (New Delhi), Wordstock (Portland, Ore.), the overseas Women’s Writing Guild summer time convention (Allentown, Penn.), and Berl’s Poetry book shop (Brooklyn). Jessica additionally reads and plays her paintings as a “poetry whore” with the foreign Poetry Brothel sequence, appearing in either Portland and Brooklyn. The exhibit brings overseas poets to the level to include a character in a Twenties themed occasion the place buyers buy a poet’s time for personal readings. She plays below the degree identify “Savage,” a nod to her local American heritage.
Jessica got a Writers within the faculties (WITS) residency from Literary Arts, a educating artist fellowship, and was once a founding member of the organization’s Writers of colour committee. A confessional poet who is based seriously on honesty, transparency and narrative methods to writing, her paintings has been applauded through poets Marvin Bell and Luis Chaves. Jessica counts poets Kim Addonizio and Li-Young Lee as her maximum poetic inspiration.
Jessica Tyner Mehta is a local Oregonian and member of the Cherokee Nation.
By Furqan Mohamed