The Poetry Project


Kemi Alabi & Omotara James

© Ivanna Baranova

In their new books, Against Heaven and Song of My Softening, Kemi Alabi and Omotara James, offer expansive, erotic, uncontainable poems of praise and words for longing, survival, transformation, magic, and love.

Featuring a guest introduction by Ricardo Maldonado


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