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Monday, November 29, 7:30 PM ET
Gather at the Integer: Diane Exavier presents The Math of Saint Felix
Hosted by Angel Nafis
Featuring Shayla Lawz and Carlos Sirah
In a longstanding tradition of launching the debuts of exceptional new voices in poetry, Greenlight welcomes writer, theatermaker, educator, and Brooklyn local Diane Exavier to launch her first collection, The Math of Saint Felix. Her book-length lyric is an attempt to do the math of a woman, a family, a country, and a diaspora, plotting how the sum of one life reveals permutations of many— daughters, sisters, lovers—and the uncountable cost of a single death. With the heart-stilling gravity of a weary prophet, Exavier—hailed by Legacy Russell (Glitch Feminism) as “a rising star in the next generation of Black poetics”—performs the work of generations. Community and collaboration are at the center of this literary event at Greenlight Bookstore, hosted by the incomparable Angel Nafis and featuring Shayla Lawz, author of the new poetry collection, speculation, n., and Carlos Sirah, author of The High Alive: An Epic Hoodoo Diptych. Nafis, Lawz, Sirah, and Exavier hold space not only for each other’s language, but for the characters living between the lines in this evening of offerings in poetry and performance.
Diane Exavier's book-length lyric is an attempt to do the math of a woman, of a family, of a country, of a diaspora. The sum of one life reveals the permutations of many: daughters, sisters, lovers. The cost of one death is uncountable. Exavier's voice has the heart-stilling gravity of a weary prophet. With THE MATH OF SAINT FELIX, she has continued the work of generations. This book is ledger and legacy.
Poems that imagine a world beyond the prevailing public speculation on Black death.
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THE HIGH ALIVE marks the print debut of an essential voice and vision. Carlos Sirah's 'Hoodoo diptych' as much lyric assemblage as dramatic innovation, works its choreopoetic roots to cast an indelible spell. Watch and read THE HIGH ALIVE, and you will get lifted too --John Keene