ELEC­TRIC ARCHES

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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.

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