Willow Books/Aquarius Press
October 01, 2015
6.0 X 0.24 X 9.0 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author
Yesenia Montilla is a New York City poet with Afro-Caribbean roots. Her poetry has appeared in the Chapbook For The Crowns Of Your Head, as well as the literary journals 5AM, Adanna, The Wide Shore and others. A CantoMundo Fellow, she received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry and Poetry in Translation.
Randall Horton is the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature. His previous work includes the poetry collection Pitch Dark Anarchy (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press, 2013). Horton serves on the Board of Directors for Pen America's Pen Prison Writing Program and teaches at the University of New Haven. He is a Cave Canem Fellow and a member of both the Affrilachian Poets and the experimental performance group Heroes are Gang Leaders. Horton is also a senior editor at Willow Brooks, an independent literary press he helped found in 2006. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he now resides in Harlem, New York.
"I love how the poems of The Pink Box record the mind as it makes difficult and intimate discoveries about race, family, and history. This poet crafts language from the familiar, the conversational, the everyday...and then the poem's a jolt to the senses, as if to ask, 'What did I really see?' The spirit of observation and wonder animates these poems. I'm grateful for the way they break us open and break open our sight. I'm so delighted to welcome Yesenia Montilla's poetic debut." Patrick Rosal, author of Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, American Kundiman "The Pink Box has been waiting for us. It has been waiting for our ears to see these poems, for our eyes to listen to them. Yesenia Montilla's poems cross fertilize space and time; linking the wilderness, the city, and an otherworld like a subway ride from uptown to downtown, cross town and back. Along the way, we don't just switch trains, we switch stations of desire: the Dominican Republic is the blues, Ayiti/Haiti is jazz, hip hop is abuelita. New York City begins on Hispaniola. Is it longing we hear? Or is it the crash of one island against another? Yes, there is yearning in these poems; for touch, for visibility, for a tongue not forgotten though not spoken, for bachata and merengue. And there is spirit; something unseen, called forth, like Dominican Gaga rooted in the bateyes, the sugar cane fields, of memory. Not only does Yesenia Montilla make a weaving of magic in these remarkable and tender poems, magic is its own holiness here." Alexis De Veaux, author of Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde