Eve L. Ewing’s debut poetry collection, Electric Arches, reads less like poetry and more like a dream or a trance. Published by Haymarket Books—a radical, independent, nonprofit book publisher in Chicago committed to “books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice”—ewing’s poetry offers a rich portrait of liberated Black girlhood. Which is not to say that these poems live in a world without all the current struggles of systemic racism and misogyny, but rather that Ewing has bestowed upon us a vision of what it might look like to subvert it, to have power over it. Hers is a world where we have magic at our fingertips. Even if you don’t think you’re a “poetry person,” or better yet, especially if you don’t think you are, this is a book to keep within arm’s reach.