Dislocate, Oracle: A Cosmology, & The Bitter Map are here! Help us celebrate the launch of these gorgeous chapbooks at Poets House with Destiny Hemphill & Simone Person!
No cover; light refreshments will be served! There will be a reception following the reading. Copies of the chapbooks will be available for sale.
The stories in Dislocate are lamentations of the desperate and devoted, featuring ravenous fish lovers and dream-filled runaways marked by lightning. Equally surreal and mundane, the characters in these stories both devastate and are devastated in their claustrophobic yearnings for connection. Dislocate explores the things that force our bodies and selves out of space in time, navigating breakups, sleepovers, and the banality of a dinner party. Simone Person’s prose is both haunting and hilarious, her characters ever grasping for something real, the love they seek as elusive as clouds of smoke. This book questions: what happens to us when we want to exist in the world, but can’t?
Oracle: A Cosmology explores lineage and family narrative by meditating on questions of loss, haunting, resistance, and personal & communal liberation. Entangling narratives of women who have been honed by hardship, this chapbook exists as an archive of intimate kin history. In weaving these true myths, Destiny makes the familial cosmic. Exploring memory and mourning, Oracle: a Cosmology gestures towards the possibility of loss as generative and transformative, and grief as a channel to the divinity that is within. In these poems, healing is not linear, but a disruptive and sacred process. Destiny confesses, yes, i still remember how it feels to be / under the swollen tongue of a god’s gaping mouth. This cosmology is one for the people, and the people, they are ethereal.