The violent, racially motivated forces behind US colonialism burn through these poems, showing how Manifest Destiny has resulted in a people and land still vibrating with trauma.
Through persona and self-portraiture, as well as found language, Arnold has masterfully crafted a searing account of personal history unflinchingly situated within fraught contexts
—Diana Khoi Nguyen
Roberto Tejada’s stunning survey demonstrates that our contemporary “crisis” (rendered in border walls and family separations) constitutes no exception to the politics of the Americas. Still Nowhere in an Empty Vastness considers a poetics of encounters (“the historically contingent events by which a subject is shaped”) across the contact zones of the Americas, offering “provisional glimmers” across a variety of poetic and image-making practices.
We have been waiting for a historic retelling like this—that shows us what has been built and what exists underneath, as if we are gently running our hands down a striation and seeing how each layer came to be.
Maureen Thorson reviews The Bounty along with Kate Schapira's more recent collection, How We Saved the City, in a substantial piece for Open Letters. Tightly and masterfully written, its four sections harmonize perfectly into a brief but extremely powerful and nuanced...