Poetry Book Club chats BESTIARY
Loyalty’s poetry book club is a space for sharing with each other about heartfelt beauty and the powers of poetry. Our newest book club will be led by bookseller and poet extraordinaires Sybil & Malik! Come with your curiosity and be ready to to have your joy sparked. This month we'll be discussing Bestiary by Donika Kelly. Attendance is free but you'll need to RSVP via Eventbrite get the login info. Please note the link and password will be sent in your confirmation email from Eventbrite!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Donika Kelly's fierce debut collection, winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize
I thought myself lion and serpent. Thought
myself body enough for two, for we.
Found comfort in never being lonely.
What burst from my back, from my bones, what lived
along the ridge from crown to crown, from mane
to forked tongue beneath the skin. What clamor
we made in the birthing. What hiss and rumble
at the splitting, at the horns and beard,
at the glottal bleat. What bridges our back.
What strong neck, what bright eye. What menagerie
are we. What we've made of ourselves.
ABOUT THE HOSTS
Sybil Sycamore is a lover of purple, trees, and unlearning. They are a student of their own somatic wisdom. Sybil will always be starting a new project, so feel free to ask them about it!
Malik Thompson is a Black queer man proud to be from DC. Malik writes poetry and essays, you can read his work at Voicemail Poems and Split This Rock. Malik has facilitated workshops for Split This Rock, Moonlit DC, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You can find Malik's thoughts on literature at his instragram account @negroliterati.
Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event.