What are you reading?
I have yet to grow weary of Robin C. Lewis’s daring collection, VOYAGE OF THE SABLE VENUS/ AND OTHER POEMS. My students just finished reading this book, and I am currently finishing up a revise and resubmit (article) which focuses on this text. I’ve been working through this book since 2015, yet it continues to unfold with richer and more nuanced dimensions each time I sit with it, each time I think with it, each time I ask the text “what does it mean to be not only a body, but a black body? A woman’s body?” I am thankful for the careful work with language this text expresses; thankful for how this books lends itself to an undertaking of our NOW and our PAST. There is something beautiful, horrifying, and telling about Lewis’s engagement with the archive, with the body, with us. I respect how she respects and trusts us, her audience, with the rich nuances of the text and the dynamic experimentation of its ordering.
To piggyback off of something the poet @y_a_n_y_i
recently stated, I too am thankful for how Lewis gathers “so many of the things worth saying.”