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FEBRUARY: NEW + SELECT POEMS
BY N.L. SHOMPLE

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Some of the poems in this collection will be familiar, some obscure, and others wholly unfamiliar. February: New + Select Poems features published and unpublished work spanning the last five years of Shompole's writing journey. Contained in this volume are poems that will haunt you, some that will effervesce and some that will beg you to return for more. 


 

LACE BONE BEAST: POEMS & OTHER FAIRYTALES FOR WICKED GIRLS
BY N.L. SHOMPOLE

Within a month of its release Lace Bone Beast hit Amazon Bestsellers lists in several genres including African Poetry, Women Author’s and more. Reviewers have compared this work to the likes of Warsan Shire, Anne Sexton, Nayyirah Waheed and Rupi Kaur in its subject matter, intensity, deeply evocative and lyrical writing, all the while maintaining the author's unique and inventive voice.

Here is emptiness. Here is a mouth after a recent excavation, black with soot, devoid of kisses. Here are hands, trembling against the soft ache of morning, here are eyes, wet, wide, half-full of sky and loneliness. Here is belly, back, femur, spine, ragged and smooth all at once, all at once. Here are dreams, ink black and speckled, lost behind the eyes. Here is a muted elegy, crow’s feet feathered over the eyes like lace. Here are the last strains of a dirge, wild, discordant, free.

 

PHANTOMS AS EUPHEMISMS FOR DISASTER BY N.L. SHOMPOLE

 

As a collection of poetry and prose, Phantoms as Euphemisms for Disaster explores the many faces of loss. Not only the loss of love, but loss of language, culture, identity and self. The book seamlessly navigates the silences between harrowing conversations, to realizations about growing up, about grief and how to deal with loss, to the reawakening of tenderness, hope and awareness in the innate power of self. This is a fantastic collection for anyone who appreciates a unique voice, beautiful language and the ache and sweetness that is living.


 

RUNESPEAKER BY MILA N. SANKALE

 

A GIRL IN A TOWER, A CITY UNDER SIEGE, A MONSTER BENEATH IT ALL

Born in the grasslands of the Tsavanah, Ysaan Alluriah has known both joy and sorrow. When her world turns on its head, Ysaan finds herself in Zxe-Kotyare, far from everything and everyone she has ever known. 

 


 
 

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