Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Bodymap to be released in March 2015
I am thrilled to announce that my new book of poetry, Bodymap, will be released on TSAR Books in March of 2015. This is my first book to contain work focused on disability, and I'm really proud of it. Please go here: http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/tour-dates-for-bodymap for a list of upcoming events.
Pre-order link is here: http://www.mawenzihouse.com/Mawenzi_Bodymap.htm
In Bodymap, Lambda Award winning writer Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha sings a queer disabled femme of colour love song filled with hard femme poetics and disability justice. The first book of the author to examine disability from a queer femme of color lens, Bodymap contains work created and performed with Sins Invalid. Bodymap maps hard and vulnerable terrains of queer desire, survivorhood, transformative love, sick and disabled queer genius and all the homes we claim and deserve.
Praise for Bodymap:
"Leah's side eye can cut you, but her maps to working class, disabled, queer Asian home girl medicine might also save your life. At the locus of social justice, documenting survival, and the joy of sex, here are love poems to Hondas and cedar plank shacks and fucking in places where we are hated. Leah is working and working it. Hurt is here, but so is survival, and all the joy and mascara running beauty it affords.”- Bao Phi, author, Sông I Sing,
"The first time I read the poems in Bodymap I moved my own body closer to sun through a window. The second time I read passages out loud to my partner and we nodded our heads with gratitude and recognition. These poems bring love to moments that usually slip out of conversations, and get lost in our general hustle to prove that we are human. These poems are a gift for your love for self, your love itself and everyone you love. It is rare that a poet priestess offers words that allow us to emerge reborn with dirt, glitter and tenderness. This is one of those opportunities. Revere it. Revel in it. Read it again and again!" -Alexis Pauline Gumbs
"Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap uses the alchemy of the voice on the page to transform words into an ache in the pit of me. I want what these poems demand: to be free to love & die, to be resurrected in time, & to be restored by desire. Piepzna-Samarasinha has located where this body houses the smirk learned from the sidewalk, the reason to do the difficult, and the blessings for the best worst thing. Rereading is not an option, it's a requisite." Meg Day, author, Last Psalm at Sea Level
"Bodymap has more than a strong pulse. These poems carry numerous bloodlines; ancestors, lovers, chosen survivor families and remembered lives. Sharp, yet remarkably compassionate, Piepzna-Samarasinha knows that the poem is no place for tidy inquiry and easy answers. She offers her own tenacious guts and veins on each and every page. Only someone who understands rage and reconciliation and blood and bone can write like this. "
- Amber Dawn, author, How Poetry Saved My Life: A Huster’s Memoir and Sub Rosa
"Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's Bodymap, is a cartographer's worst nightmare. In navigating through this gorgeous and complicated terrain of pages, we find ourselves amidst a landscape that refuses to be charted by the voyeur's gaze- a landscape that is defined by its own muscle memory, by the reclamation of its own shifting form, and by honoring the exquisite labour of its own heaving chest." - Annah Anti Palindrome, musician and writer
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