Titled after pirate Jean Lafitte’s name for Galveston Island, Campeche is a cautionary lyric composed of poems and photographs in which a real place is overlaid with the parable of a mythical world on the verge of an apocalyptic flood. Like the body fishermen of the Yellow River, this book combs water for remains and meditates on evidence, while attempting to reckon with the self as a troubled song within a greater song. “If the soul is a souvenir in human shape, / the sun is half its shadow and discloses / who is what when in public.” This is the first book of Joshua Edwards’s eschatological trilogy.
Joshua Edwards is the director and co-editor of Canarium Books. His poems and translations have appeared in Chicago Review, Colorado Review, CROWD, Slate, Skanky Possum, and elsewhere, and his translation of Mexican poet María Baranda’s book-length poem, FICTICIA, was published by Shearsman Books in September 2010. He’s received grants and fellowships from the Fulbright-García Robles Program, Vermont Studio Center, Zoland Poetry, University of Michigan, and Stanford University, where he’s currently a Stegner Fellow.
Van Edwards is a photographer, educator, and carpenter. He’s received grants from the Houston Endowment, the Harris and Eilza Kempner Fund, and the Brown Foundation, and his work has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions. He lives in Clear Lake Shores, Texas.
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