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In poems embracing expanded fields of meter and multi-lingualism, Desiree C. Bailey and Raquel Salas Rivera challenge colonial and English-language conventions of form, opening the lyric to new sonic possibilities. For whom and of what are we making archive – and to what complex lineages of speech do we bring the attention of the poem? Bailey and Rivera sublimate language, time, place, and community into truly original, ecstatic, and necessary work.
Enthusiastic readers and listeners are encouraged to engage more deeply with Desiree C. Bailey's and Raquel Salas Rivera's work by purchasing their books. Desiree's What Noise Against the Cane can be purchased through Yale University Press for 25% off using the discount code YENAC; Raquel Salas Rivera's while they sleep (under the bed is another country) can be purchased through the publisher, Birds LLC.
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