Postcolonial Love Poem
A transformative collection of poetry that is an anthem of desire against erasure.
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WINNER OF THE 2021 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY
SHORTLISTED FOR THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION
SHORTLISTED FOR THE T. S. ELIOT PRIZE
POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION
Postcolonial Love Poem is a thunderous river of a book, an anthem of desire against erasure. It demands that every body carried in its pages – bodies of language, land, suffering brothers, enemies and lovers – be touched and held. Here, the bodies of indigenous, Latinx, black and brown women are simultaneously the body politic and the body ecstatic, and portrayed with a glowing intimacy: the alphabet of a hand in the dark, the hips’ silvered percussion, a thigh’s red-gold geometry, the emerald tigers that leap in a throat. In claiming this autonomy of desire, language is pushed to its dark edges, the astonishing dune fields and forests where pleasure and love are both grief and joy, violence and sensuality.
Natalie 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. Her poetry questions what kind of future we might create, built from the choices we make now – how we might learn our own cures and ‘go where there is love’.
[An] exquisite, electrifying collection. . . . Diaz continues to demonstrate her masterful use of language while reinventing
narratives about desire.
This is a breakthrough collection. In a world where nothing feels so conservative as a love poem, Diaz takes the form and
smashes it to smithereens, building something all her own. A kind of love poem that can allow history and culture and the
anguish of ancestors to flow through and around the poet as she addresses her beloved.
With Postcolonial Love Poem, Diaz brings her signature sharp, insightful, exquisite language to a collection about
America, about future and past, pain and ecstasy. . . . Diaz is a force, and we are all just lucky to live in a world where she
Groundbreaking. . . . Entire dissertations could be written about Diaz’s use of light and color in this book’s lithe lyrics. . . .
An unparalleled lyric work.
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