Roya Marsh (Author)
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Finalist for the 2021 Lambda Award for Lesbian Poetry
dayliGht is a dazzling collection of poems from a necessary new voice, at once a clarion call for stories of Black women and a rebuke of broken notions of sexuality and race.
MCD X Fsg Originals
March 31, 2020
4.9 X 7.3 X 0.4 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author
Roya Marsh, a native of the Bronx, New York, is a nationally recognized poet, performer, educator, and activist. She is the Poet in Residence at Urban Word NYC, and she works feverishly toward LGBTQIA justice and dismantling white supremacy. Marsh's work has been featured on NBC, BET, Button Poetry, Write About Now Poetry, Def Jam's All Def Digital, and Lexus Verses and Flow, and in Poetry magazine, Flypaper Magazine, Frontier Poetry, The Village Voice, Nylon, HuffPost, and The BreakBeat Poets Volume 2: Black Girl Magic (2018).
[dayliGht] brings to life the complexities of coming of age in a heteronormative, white supremacist, gender-policing society. It is potent and sharp, abundant and grand. This one will grab you, and it will stay in your body long after you're done reading.
--SARAH NEILSON, Literary Hub
--BRONTEZ PURNELL, 2018 Whiting Award winner and author of Since I Laid My Burden Down "Saturated with wit, wonder, and heartbreak, dayliGht is an intimate collection that is relentless in its examination of the intersections of womanhood, queerness, and Blackness. A brilliant debut book of poems."
--ELIZABETH ACEVEDO, National Book Award-winning author of The Poet X "Roya Marsh's debut is at turns gripping, angry, and joyful--and always powerful. I love these poems for the small wonders I find in each one. In comparing her mother's cancer to gentrification, for example, she reveals much about both. These poems are crafted out of a love for self and for the selves that might grow when given a chance to heal. dayliGht is a revelation."
--JOSÉ OLIVAREZ, author of the PEN/Jean Stein Award-nominated poetry collection Citizen Illegal "Polyphonic and rhythmically dense, Roya Marsh's poetry is uninhibited as she traverses her interior life and infuses the otherwise mundane settings with peril, delight, and wonder. dayliGht is a read that cannot be swallowed whole but must be taken in measures to appreciate how each poem births another with a difficult yet admirable strength."
--MORGAN JERKINS, New York Times-bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing