|I am amazed by how much people can survive, endure—and how they can go on living, laughing…says Aracelis Girmay in an interview with Elizabeth Acevedo it raises the stakes in me and helps me to move, more courageously. Aracelis Girmay’s poems are stunning, raw, beautiful and melodious. They have the lyrical intensity of Derek Walcott and the incantational energy of Lucille Clifton. Like poignant elegies, they honor what lives on in what has passed to celebrate the joy of what can be carried and remembered. Like a blues that learns to hurt in some unexpected, good way. |
Of Eritrean, Puerto Rican, and African-American roots, she is winner of the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award and was recently awarded a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Of Aracelis Girmay’s poems, National Book Critics Circle says, “Everything contains some clue ofnother self, body or kindred spirit. Like an archaeologist, she digs deeply finding herself in every living thing, even in the inanimate. Her magic is poetry at its best”. She has two books; Kingdom Animalia is her second collection.
Aracelis Girmay was our Summer 2014 featured artist and we have sold out of our seasonal supply of her books, but you can purchase direct from the publisher. For more info, click here.