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Study of the Raft

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Winner of the 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry
In Study of the Raft, Leonora Simonovis's poems weave the outer world of a failed political revolution in her native country, Venezuela, with an inner journey into the memories of migration and exile, of a home long gone, and of family relations, especially among womxn. The collection explores the consequences of colonization, starting with "Maps," a poem that speaks of loss and uprootedness, recalling a time when indigenous lands were stolen and occupied, where stories were lost as new languages and beliefs were imposed on people. The politics of the present are also the politics of the past, not just in the Venezuelan context, but in many other Latin American and Caribbean countries. It is the reality of all indigenous people. Simonovis's poems question the capacity of language to represent the complexity of lived experience, especially when it involves living from more than one language and culture. These poems wrestle with questions of life and death, of what remains after what and whom we know are no longer with us, and how we, as humans, constantly change and adjust in the face of uncertainty.

ISBN-13: 9781885635792

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: University Press of Colorado

Publication Date: 12-07-2021

Pages: 82

Product Dimensions: 8.30h x 6.40w x 0.40d

Series: Colorado Prize for Poetry

Leonora Simonovis is a bilingual poet who grew up near Caracas, Venezuela, and currently lives in San Diego, California, where she teaches Latin American literature and creative writing at the University of San Diego. She is a VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation) fellow, has an MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and is a contributing editor for Drizzle Review. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming from Gargoyle Magazine, Diode Poetry Journal, The Rumpus, Arkansas International, Inverted Syntax, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others.