Poetry Book Club chats Postcolonial Love Poem
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 FINALIST FOR THE 2020 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
FINALIST FOR THE 2020 LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY
Natalie Diaz’s highly anticipated follow-up to When My Brother Was an Aztec, winner of an American Book Award
Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages—bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers—be touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness: “Let me call my anxiety, desire, then. / Let me call it, a garden.” In this new lyrical landscape, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black, and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dunefields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality.
Diaz defies the conditions from which she writes, a nation whose creation predicated the diminishment and ultimate erasure of bodies like hers and the people she loves: “I am doing my best to not become a museum / of myself. I am doing my best to breathe in and out. // I am begging: Let me be lonely but not invisible.” Postcolonial Love Poem unravels notions of American goodness and creates something more powerful than hope—in it, a future is built, future being a matrix of the choices we make now, and in these poems, Diaz chooses love.
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.