Hailed as "stunning" and "genre-bending" and praised for its "jewel-like imagery" and "revelatory through-line," this striking debut traces family history, from the distant past of the Acadian expulsion to Hurricane Katrina and beyond, to explore why parallel tragedies happen across centuries. Through sharp, obsessive snapshots of key inflection points - the sinking of the Duke Williams, the breaking of the levees, the diagnosis of a tumor - Guidry turns her family's history into a dazzling mythology to explore how distant events shape our lives, and what it means to heal from trauma in the face of incomprehensible loss.
“Lisa Sisneroz’s Believe Me is a powerful debut collection of poetry that compels us to hear and recognize her voice, the song of a survivor. In these lyrics, she sounds a healing pathway through writing and remembering. She speaks the secrets that bind our community and reclaims what it means to survive with tenderness and care. Believe Me urges the reader to listen and, in doing so, creates a space for their transformation.”
—Mary Delgado García
“Chad Dean is as thoughtful as wry here, a combination well suited for tracking and illuminating around his reluctant man down into the crowd, solitary Allen. The care the author takes with Baltimore of contemporary moments touches all the more in light of the errant and loosened retiree who seems intent on making himself ever more so, and deepens that narrative reflex to perceive to retreat, intensely attentively, into what his self-mitigated environment leaves.”
—Douglas A. Martin
“Louise A. Hammonds’ weaving of wordplay and sonic etymology combine to make us think and re-think existing relationships between poetry, scripture, and the shaping of our perceptions and beliefs. To Soothe A Teething God is a deconstructive creation aimed at destroying a mythic paradigm and its real-world consequences.”
Raymond Luczak, author of A Babble of Objects, says “the musical dialogue on the pages of American Reverie pays homage to those lost to police harassment and violence. The poems in American Reverie offer us all a much-needed fresh reminder of what it means to be an American right now.”
Coauthor of American Reverie, Synnika Lofton, discusses Poetry as Resistance and Identity:
THEODORE SHANK’s Follow the Flickering Down blurs the distinctions between memoir, poetry, short story, and song. It oscillates through the Santa Cruz mountains and coastal communities of Capitola and Live Oak, California, diving into the energy and mystery of life’s moments as they quiver in the cauldron of memory. Follow the Flickering Down cuts directly into memories and images, exposing the raw energy, emotion, and power of various levels of human experience. Its language sparkles with simplicity and directness, creating a musical atmosphere of truth and honesty.