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Kingdom Animalia (Paperback)
The poems in this highly anticipated second book are elegiac poems, as concerned with honoring our dead as they are with praising the living. Through Aracelis Girmay's lens, everything is animal: the sea, a jukebox, the desert. In these poems, everything possesses a system of desire, hunger, a set of teeth, and language. These are poems about what is both difficult and beautiful about our time here on earth.
Aracelis Girmay's debut collection won the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award. A Cave Canem Fellow, she is on the faculty at Drew University and Hampshire College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
About the Author
Aracelis Girmay was raised in Southern California, the daugher of Eritrean, Puerto Rican, African American traditions. She holds a BA from Connecticut College, and an MFA in Poetry from New York University. A writer of poetry, essays, and fiction, her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines. She leads community workshops in both New York and California.
"Girmay has Eritrean, Puerto Rican, and African-American roots; the section titled 'a book of erased cities' brings a poignant, multifaceted sense of loss" Publishers Weekly
There is a saying in Spanish, Cada cabeza es un mundo,’ which translates every mind is a universe unto itself.’ And Girmay’s world, universe, opens new ways of seeing the simplest things and giving them voice. Everything contains some clue of another self, body or kindred spirit. Like an archaeologist, she digs deeply finding herself in every living thing, even in the inanimate. Her magic is poetry at its best.”National Book Critics Circle