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Jessica Lanay

Poetry, African American Studies

Published: February 2020
ISBN: 9780940713284
Pages: 80 Size: 7x10

In lush imagery of earth, sea, sky, flora and fauna, am-phib-ian traces a daughter’s odyssey—through a web fractured relationships with both lovers and kin, experiences the poet calls a "physics of cruelty"—and through the flux of accompanying existential questions concerning personal identity. This collection is also the story of a spirit determined to survive the journey—appropriating in the effort whatever available tools and attributes—human or amphibian.

Published by: Broadside Lotus Press

Jessica Lanay is the winner of the 2020 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award offered by Broadside Lotus Press. Ms. Lanay holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her poetry has appeared in many journals, including Sugar House Review, Fugue, A Bad Penny Review, and Indiana Review. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her poem "Milk. Milk. Milk," which appeared in The Normal School. Her short fiction was most recently published in Tahoma Literary Review. am-phib-ian will be her first published poetry collection.

The poems here are ceremonial objects; they’re parts of spells cast to call up the dead and celebrate the women who lived.

– Maya Marshall, Rhino Poetry