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Flare - by Camisha L Jones (Paperback)
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 40
Publisher: Finishing Line Press
Author: Camisha L Jones
Street Date: September 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 247-26-9744
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
About the Book
Flare offers poems exploring the wonder and struggle of the body. It reflects on what it truly means to be capable and to make peace with one's limitations through the lens of invisible disability.
Flare explores the wonder, resilience, and betrayal of the body. Born from the author's experience with recurrent and escalating hearing loss and chronic pain, this poetry collection unapologetically breaks silence around invisible disability and shows us, even in struggle, there is light to be let in. While delving into topics such as loss, hope, anxiety, and faith, Flare grapples with what it truly means to be capable and to make peace with one's limitations in a society that equates disability with brokenness.
Camisha Jones' Flare is a light splashed across the sky announcing a voice we all need to follow. The poems in this collection offer us the body as a home for joy, desire, pain, but most importantly, the human. Jones' poems are human poems, bloody and bloody honest in how she cements a poetics of ability and invisible illness, but from that invisible place rises a voice that is very visible, muscular, and definitely here to stay.
-- Danez Smith, author of [insert] boy and founding member of The Dark
Jones' startlingly beautiful poems have a visceral presence. They remind the reader that the body and mind are not static. While she writes of her own experience, her poems are able to reach into the wider collective. She is honest about the complexity of disability without denying the presence of the "magnificent in its invisible injury." All beings are "heading straight towards the thing/that will finish us." It is in this space, this commonality, where empathy resides.
-- Jennifer Bartlett, co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability
and author of Autobiography/Anti-Autobiography
Camisha Jones' poems, like the body itself, are pleasure, then fire, then hunger. They are dispatches from the intersection of hurting and joy, where disability resides. We are fragile beings, the poet tell us. Yes, we are. But read this stunning first collection and you too will burn and flare--in recognition and in praise.
-- Sarah Browning, Executive Director of Split This Rock and author of
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