Postcolonial Love Poem (U.K. edition)
Shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.
"Postcolonial Love Poem" is a thunderous river of a book, an anthem of desire against erasure. It demands that every body carried in its pages — bodies of language, land, suffering brothers, enemies and lovers — be touched and held. Here, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, Black and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic, and portrayed with a glowing intimacy: the alphabet of a hand in the dark, the hips’ silvered percussion, a thigh’s red-gold geometry, the emerald tigers that leap in a throat. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dune fields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality.