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Rock | Salt | Stone
|Dimensions||6.5 × .5 × 8.5 in|
Rock | Salt | Stone sprays life-preserving salt through the hard realities of rocks, stones, and rockstones used as anchors, game pieces, or weapons. The manuscript travels through Africa, the Caribbean, and the USA, including cultures and varieties of English from all of those places. The poems center the experience of the outsider, whether she is an immigrant, a woman, or queer. Sometimes direct, sometimes abstract, these poems engage different structures, forms, and experiences while addressing the sharp realities of family, sexuality, and immigration.
Nation language, language poetry, prose poems, spells, Caribbean nancy stories, queer issues, Rock|Salt|Stone, African (Yoruba) belief systems and ancestral memory all find a place in Rosamond S. King’s multiplicity of forms. The embodied quality of the poems and King’s willingness to confront the inherent difficulty of relationship with the Other, who is always us, grounds the work in a somatic poetics that demands the reader pay attention.
“There are many points in this poem where the conversation subtly moves towards the internal, then stirs into spaces of Out, brave and controversial. This collection closes with beautiful pieces that speak to the honest erotic with the backbone of Audre Lorde, while visiting awhile with the blunt, lower cased love of Lucille Clifton’s prose. Throughout the experience, you can find her stopping every few poems to enliven our senses. Likening sex to food such as “salt, white corn tortilla chips, for instance, or popcorn that is not overcome with butter;” while instructing on spells of irresistble love.”