It’s a chapbook; it’s a deck of cards; it’s a celebration; it’s a poetry slam! I Wish I Wasn’t Royalty (Game Over Books, Summer 2020) is a bipolar chapbook you can play, a richly illustrated deck of playing cards created by Catherine Weiss and featuring work from four nationally prominent poets writing about their lived experiences with extreme mood states: Lyd Havens, Taylor Steele, Jaz Sufi, and John-Francis Quiñonez.
The I Wish I Wasn't Royalty Slam, sponsored by Game Over Books and the Boston Poetry Slam, will feature work performed by each of the four artists and a thematic poetry slam featuring all-star local poets. There will even be a chance to check out super-secret advance samples of the full playable deck! We hope you join us at the OBERON on April 9, 2020 for this most royal gathering. Ticket sales will be going toward printing costs for the first run of the deck. Along with supporting the deck, we are encouraging all attendees to donate toward the DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance); a Boston-based non-profit run by volunteers that supports those living with bipolar disorder, depression, and other mood disorders. There will be an option to donate when you purchase your tickets. For more about the slam, please visit the OBERON website.
Sana Sana: Available Now
After ten years of performing her spoken word poetry, Ariana Brown gathers her favorite poems to return to in Sana Sana. With a tender and critical voice, she explores Black girlhood, the possibilities of queerness, finding your people, and trying to survive capitalism. All are explored as acts of different kinds of love—for self, for lovers, for family, for community. Brown’s collection refuses singularity, insisting on the specificity of her own life and studies. As she writes toward her own healing, Brown asks readers to participate in the ceremony by serving as witnesses. Sana Sana, colita de rana, si no sana hoy, sana en la mañana.
"The virtue that I have long admired in the poems of Ariana Brown is the warmth that is directed upon the audience. And these poems know and identify their audience with gentleness and gratitude, even—or especially—when the audience is the self. I am thankful to once again be witness to these poems that welcome and make space for the people who most need it."
—Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Fortune for Your Disaster
The Visible Planets: Available Now
“These poems circle the unknown until we recognize it as already part of us. I read them & feel smaller than I realized I was, but what a gift to find the known universe granular as it travels through Pierce's lens, at once exploding & perfected by attention. Here, the vocabulary of particle physics, of math, of medicine, of humility, of grief, of orbit, is a limitless love language we all have in common.”
—Emily O’Neill, author of a falling knife has no handle
“Aly Pierce's wondrous collection fittingly begins by considering new ways to look at the Hubble telescope, a tool we use for looking out into space. And with these poems that turn our gaze towards to the moons, planets, and stars that seem so far away, Pierce dares us to look at these distant wonders in a new way, as characters in our own lives—each with their own romances, sloppy nights, and heartbreaks.”
—Bob Sykora, author of I was Talking about Love—You are Talking about Geography