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Suelo Tide Cement
Christina Vega-Westhoff

Publication date: April 3, 2018

2018 • 112 pp. 5 1/2 x 8"

$16.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-80-9

Winner of the 2017 Nightboat Prize for Poetry

Suelo Tide Cement began at a residency in Panama that brought together artists, scientists, activists, and community members to learn from and create with soil. Written serially in the midst of a development boom, the poem performs a compostual incantation, moving like water or bodies in a dance as it investigates questions of language, health, economy, and empire. Fragments make lyrics make a narrative make an epic. In its search for a meeting point between personal and geologic experiences, one is never sure whether the poem takes place in the flash of a second or whether whole eons of planetary time are tectonically drifting.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Fragments make lyrics make a narrative make an epic. Suelo Tide Cement is a path-breaking book that must invent its own language, its own form, its own approach to poetry in order to come into an off-centered world.”—Kazim Ali

CHRISTINA VEGA-WESTHOFF is a poet, translator, aerialist, and teaching artist. She lives in Buffalo, New York.

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