Queen in Blue by Ambalila Hemsell (University of Wisconsin Press, paperback)
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher Marketing: This gorgeous and wry debut firmly claims physical strength, toughness, and authority for femininity. Ambalila Hemsell's poems speak from a place of empowerment as well as wonder. They address the insatiable fear of motherhood and the violence embedded in natural processes of creation, birth, and survival. Her words flicker and glow with magical realism, just as they reveal profound truths shared by the miraculous and the mundane. This lush and lyric collection artfully tackles what it means to reconcile one's own needs and desires with those of others, and to find abundance and strength in the midst of catastrophe.