We, as poets, must so use a language whose primary purpose vis-a-vis the New World African was to destroy, exclude, deny, subjugate, or marginalize—never to affirm—so that at least we 'leave a trace in the language, and leave it more ready' for our poetic legatees. If we succeed, as we must, we will have reconstructed a new language, one rooted in place. When the poet begins to see place from the perspective of one who lives within, not without, as that from which and not about which one writes, this process has begun.”
—M. NourBese Philip, “Earth & Sound: The Place of Poetry”
Rose Zinnia was born in Akron, Ohio & is the author of the chapbooks Golden Nothing Forever (Nonbinary), Abracadabrachrysanthemum, Hands, and River (with Ross Gay). Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in West Branch, The Tenderness Project, The Ocean State Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Peach Mag, and elsewhere. They live with their wolfdog, Kiki, in Bloomington, Indiana where ze are an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Indiana University & a book/graphic designer. Ze co-edit w the trees, poiesis, & the reading series, syzygy.
Welcome to the Poets Weave. I'm Romayne Rubinas Dorsey. Rose, what poems have you brought for us today?
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