Of Form & Gather by Felicia ZamoraOf Form & Gather by Felicia Zamora

Of Form & Gather

byFelicia Zamora

Paperback | February 28, 2017

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Of Form & Gather marks the dazzling debut of Felicia Zamora, whose poems concern themselves with probing questions, not facile answers. Where does the self reside? What forms do we, as human beings, inhabit as we experience the world around us? Echoing the collection’s provocative title, final judge Edwin Torres writes: “Zamora has crafted a work that celebrates the impact of form as human revolution—the poem’s breath, the poet’s body—passing over time in a landscape thirsty for passage.” Privileging journey over destination, Zamora’s poems spur the reader to immerse herself in linguistic soundscapes where the physicality of the poems themselves is, in no small part, the point: poems that challenge us to navigate the word/world as both humans and things. Edwin Torres continues: “This is quietly revolutionary work . . . tectonic plates of hearing that create new fissures inside the unfolding kinetic.”  With the publication of this volume, the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, now in its seventh edition, emphatically makes good on its aim to nurture the various paths that Latino/a poetry is taking in the twenty-first century.

Felicia Zamora won the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize from Verse, and authored the chapbooks Imbibe {et alia} here (Dancing Girl Press, 2016) and Moby-Dick Made Me Do It (2010). Her poems have been published in Columbia Poetry Review, Crazyhorse, North American Review, Pleiades, Poetry Northwest, Puerto del Sol, Michigan Quarterly, TriQuarte...
Title:Of Form & GatherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.18 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:Longleaf Services Univ of Notre Dame du LacLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268101787

ISBN - 13:9780268101787

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Read from the Book

& WINGS MADE OF MATCH STICKS In delicate bind, we seek questions to answers strung in fibers throughout our cells. You, dear reader, compose of cells not human at all: bacteria, archaea, methogens … what you carry inside, carries you. Microorganisms of wetlands, producing marsh gas, swirl in your gut. Picture paints the picture. We were made to be made up of. Let us swathe ligature of tatters & answers, build a new vessel we call body & toss bundle off cliffs in synchronicity in prayer.  

Editorial Reviews

"The first thing that stands out about Zamora’s poetry is the many ways she uses punctuation to create or disrupt a rhythm in her words. Emdashes, ampersands, ellipses, and semicolons abound. The “&” gathers and binds things together, doing the kind of magic Zamora alludes to in all of her poems. . . . Throughout Of Form & Gather, Zamora uses animal and ocean imagery to destroy any borders or divisions between human forms, humanity, and the natural world. . . . Perhaps Zamora’s work can be considered poetry for the Chthulucene." —ZYZZYVA: A San Francisco Journal of Arts and Letters