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VALLEYSPEAK, tells the story of two kids growing up in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, surrounded by a culture of sex, violence, murder, earthquakes, floods, fires, mudslides, and hope. A book of noir-inspired/-subverting poems tackling gender, whiteness, alcoholism and a childhood spent in the center of America's adult entertainment industry, VALLEYSPEAK walks the ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Zone 3 Press
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Valleyspeak is a unique, unflinching collection of poems set within the geography of the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles. Much of this collection investigates the oftentimes-horrible particulars of youth and childhood for women, as well the relationships between daughters and mothers/ daughters and the possibilities of mothering. There were so many excellent poems in this collection, but "Northridge" was a standout for me due to its incantatory music, dangerous implications, and embodiment ...more