The Bluest Kali
by Scherezade Siobhan 


$17.00/ Poetry
Fall 2018

Praise for The Bluest Kali:

"A sky like the skin of a "knifed fish." At the poetry reading, the Iraqi poet reads from beneath her headscarf. And beneath this sky, or in the audience at Angeline, unbound, incipient, the poet is a "burning window."  "Hello, weird dirt heart," writes Scherezade Siobhan, the poet we follow through the complex, vibrating territory and registers of (The Bluest Kali). She writes to us  over the ambient sound of "nocturnal insects" and the roar of "massacre": modes of remembrance that are "procedural or volatile."  This powerful and real book opened the space at the back of my heart and then sutured it with lines like: "to be loved like a fir falling to lightning."  Or: "some homes are like the brief pain of papercuts." Yes, I felt these lines in the middle of my own body.  I was receptive to the restructuring -- of reading, of being -- that this book insists upon.  Or invites. I was ready.  Are you?  If this book is a threshold smudged with vermillion powder, then, barefoot, Mira dances on that red dirt.  In the rain, I can't make out the new shapes. Is this "calligraphy"?  Is this the "loosened pond"?  What will it take to never-arrive?  This is a book composed in an intense present -- the "returning wave" --  of trauma, ecstasy, displacement, radical healing and what, in other languages and at other times, was described as love."  Bhanu Kapil
"I admire Scherezade Siobhan's intensity in this marvelous book of poems. Her love of language, acute attention to the world and her feminist intuition propel these poems toward ecstasy. And like a forest fire that burns away dead wood and generous showers that
waken dormant seeds these poems are indeed worthy of Kali, gorgeous and deeply blue."  –Khaled Mattawa

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