Radioactive Wolves


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Steel Toe Books
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.5 X 0.17 inches | 0.22 pounds

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About the Author

Amy Roa is a Dominican American poet and naturalist. She is the author of Radioactive Wolves (Steel Toe Books, 2023) winner of the 2021 Steel Toe Books Poetry Award. Her poems have appeared in The Yale Review, The Cincinnati Review, Gulf Coast, The Idaho Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"This is what happens when the world ends," begins the poem "The Food Chain" in Amy Roa's miraculous book Radioactive Wolves. Can you see them now, glowing orange or some neon yellow, running after their prey down the boulevard? There they go in the form of these poems. This is what happens when the world bends towards demise. We get wolves that glow. We get Amy Roa's poems that illuminate. They glisten and sparkle. They take you by surprise and make you happy. Even when she writes about the darkest of hours, apocalyptic and crass situations, unruly roasts, this collection of poems is full of buoyancy and electrical charges that are brilliant and fantastic. It's because of the element of surprise. Roa's holistic vision is one that tickles in edginess and is rich with animal joy, primal rumpus, and the excitement of calamity. It's Roa's language that makes one feel titillated. These poems are accessible, generous, and an absolutely delightful row of tornadoes. They will rip you apart and make you glorious all at once. It's a good thing the world has not ended so we all can share the forest primeval with these radioactive wolves running wild on the hunt.

- Matthew Lippman, author of Mesmerizingly Sadly Beautiful