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Rock|Salt|Stone
Rosamond S. King




Nightboat
2017 • 120 pp. 6 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-61-8



“King (Island Bodies), an accomplished scholar and performer, opens her formally daring verse debut with a version of “My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean,” recasting... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

Rock|Salt|Stone sprays life-preserving salt through the hard realities of rocks, stones, and rockstones used as anchors, game pieces, or weapons. The manuscript travels through Africa, the Caribbean, and the USA, including cultures and varieties of English from all of those places. The poems center the experience of the outsider, whether she is an immigrant, a woman, or queer. Sometimes direct, sometimes abstract, these poems engage different structures, forms, and experiences while addressing the sharp realities of family, sexuality, and immigration.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“King (Island Bodies), an accomplished scholar and performer, opens her formally daring verse debut with a version of “My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean,” recasting it to address Afro-Caribbean diasporas, and starring Yoruba deities Eshu, Oshun, and Ogun. “My brawn it belongs to the Ogun/ my blood it flows into the sea/ the two meet inside a black body/ and whisper you fight to be free,” runs one of several verses before the newly meaningful call to “Bring/ Back.” It is representative of several defining elements of the book, among them a deep engagement with history and mythology, a sense of play, and formal techniques that require the reader to hear—not just read—the poem...King uses English while writing beyond and against the bounds of its conventions, and also to foreground the speaking, hearing body—and importantly, the black, queer, female body—as the site where language originates and lands.”—Publishers Weekly

“King’s persona is one who brings healing through truth-telling, blood-letting, and unearthing as she traverses time and space.” —Ebony Noelle Golden

From the Book:

you woke up yesterday and did not expect to die
so of course the night seemed different, smiling.
before sleeping you sighed, and then
and then, and then? Tomorrow you will
look in a glass and nearly trip
startled by your own beauty,
outlined by the sun.



ROSAMOND S. KING is a creative and critical writer, performer, and artist. She is the author of the critical book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination. She is an associate professor of English at Brooklyn College.



Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:46:58 -0500