Equal parts anthology, workbook, essay, collage, archive, and lyric, Briante’s living document sets the poet’s work of witness in the midst of our current entangled crises of borders, belonging, trauma, nationhood, empathy, and imagination.
— Claudia Rankine
“Through acts of defiant translation and inventive storying, this daring poet teaches me something urgent about how to document dolor, and how to disarm silence with song. This book is an audacious light—roshan—a bright, bright gash into what we must, must see.“
The human struggle lays itself bare as the speaker in Nicholas Wong’s extraordinary collection, Besiege Me, reveals. The body is a site of longing, love, wounds, and powerful intimacy.
Here are stories that challenge form, that attack the status quo, that ask urgent questions about love and identity and meaning and demand we sit up and pay attention to our answers.
“This is smart, brisk writing, overflowing with potent, pungent sensuousness and vicious, viscous dirt.”
Cynthia Arrieu-King’s The Betweens is an honest racial reckoning, meaning it is not at all straightforward, meaning it moves beyond the black and white dichotomy—which, of course, is itself not at all straightforward—to guide the reader, via resonant prose that perfectly compliments the indelible content, toward a more complete understanding of race in America.
— Shane McCrae