ISBN-10 : 1944585575
Publisher: The Word Works
Publication date: January 1, 2023
A first poetry collection from Cave Canem fellow Nikia Chaney, this book percolates with experiment, energy, and love as the poet tackles race, poverty, aging, sexism, and more with wild insight and deft skill.
Nikia Chaney sets form on fire in the pages of her first collection. Taking the subject matter of race head-on, never forgetting its intersection with gender, this Cave Canem fellow juggles language, explodes the syllables and takes apart the ways we enter words, climb them, breathe them, react. Elaine Terranova says Chaney "can make words do anything she wants them to." Genevieve Kaplan adds, "Chaney doesn't shy away from topics like age, poverty, or racism--or the failures of our minds, our relationships, or our bodies; instead . . . she reminds us, 'out there there's a clearing asking you to dance asking you to dance / asking you / to rule.'"