Winner of the 2018 Locked Horn Press Inaugural Chapbook Contest: “URGENCY”

“To read Hope Wabuke’s poems is to experience the tensions, overlaps, and excesses of a world in which gender, race, and sexuality are inextricably linked through language, body, and gesture. The poems in this collection are formally astonishing in both their breadth and their breathlessness. They ask us, in the end, to acknowledge both the potential promise and the undeniable impossibility of becoming whole.”

–Stacey Waite, author of Butch Geography 

“Hope Wabuke’s newest chapbook begins with “Rib” and ends with “Heart”–“the central definition    of breath    of life.” The poems, which are gut wrenching and masterfully crafted, interrogate violence, gender, and race through personal, historical and mythic lenses. They are songs “of blood and bone and water” that “rise the sounding of this most ancient terrible thing.” her does more in thirty-one pages than many poets manage to do in full-length collections. This is one of the most powerful chapbooks I have read in quite some time.”

–Grace Bauer, author of MEAN/TIME and The Women at the Well

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