How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars To Stars: Winner of the 2015 New Women's by Alysia Nicole Harris
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How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars To Stars by Alysia Nicole Harris intermingles a lushness of texture with a well-defined sagacity of form, and a compelling honesty in these perfectly-crafted poems: "I cannot go / to sleep in my heart. I wet everything & let / parts of me disappear in the drain." The images will lead you to passages of brilliance. Leah Maines Publisher, Finishing Line Press A wild glory suffuses the poetry of Alysia Harris. Here, the body is not villainous nor detached from the imbedded songs of wonder, justice, and history. Here are lines, as if built from Brecht's gestic principle, that wake us from the Big Sleep, that caution us from looking askance at our inexorable beauty. Poem after poem she demonstrates an instinctive glamour in speech that is artful, humane, and profoundly alive. Major Jackson Author of Holding Company
Table of Contents:
Pentecost 1 Votive 2 The Storm Had a Womb from Where the Birds Leapt 5 First Worship 6 Moths on Loan 7 Apologies Are Not Anti-venom 9 Migration 13 Omnipotence 15 The Murderess 16 The Songstress 17 True & Legitimate Wife 18 Ishmael 19 Wake... 20 Famine 22 Fear of Aging 24 Crow's Sugar 25 The Greek Word for Displacement or the Body of the Wife during Deployment 27 Spigot 28 Feast With Our Bodies on the Table 29 It Burns When You Touch It 31 Sharpness Experienced as Luminosity or Sensitivity to Cold 32
Contributor Bio: Harris, Alysia Nicole
Alysia Nicole Harris is an internationally-known performance artist and poet hailing from Alexandria, Virginia. She is a Cave Canem fellow, founding member of the performance poetry collective, The Strivers Row, and co-founder of the start-up Artist Inn Detroit. Alysia has toured nationally and internationally in Canada, Germany, Slovakia, South Africa, and the UK and has spoken at the United Nations. She performs her poems with an eye towards healing and sees her work as promoting transparency, a guilt-free spirituality, women's empowerment and racial reconciliation. Two time Pushcart nominee, and two-time winner of the 2015 and 2014 Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, Alysia's poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, Vinyl, and Best New Poets 2015. Her work has been anthologized in The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. In 2015, she was also selected as the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence at the Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati. Alysia completed her MFA in poetry at NYU and her PhD in linguistics at Yale University. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she participates in various organizations dedicated to the revitalization of the literary arts in the South.