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Ugly Music

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Diannely Antigua’s debut collection Ugly Music is a cacophonous symphony of reality, dream, trauma, and obsession. It reaches into the corners of love and loss where survival and surrender are blurred. The poems span a traumatic early childhood, a religious adolescence, and later a womanhood that grapples with learning how to create an identity informed by, yet in spite of ...more
Paperback, 99 pages
Published May 15th 2019 by YesYes Books
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Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was getting more stressed with every poem I read because I knew I was getting closer to the end, and that’s not where I ever wanted to be.
Kate Gaskin
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Ugly Music, Diannely Antigua strips away the ugly parts of what it means to be human, examining each with a precise eye and uncanny lyricism. Girlhood and womanhood are reduced to their beautiful and vulgar particulars. Faith meets heresy as erotic, romantic, and familial love thread through the book. Antigua takes the aspects of femininity women and girls are often punished for and polishes them until they sing.
Hannah V Warren
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Antigua's collection tugs at your gut, asking you to re-evaluate the way you think about language, sex, and prayer. A powerful reading experience.

"you’re just another
locust in a swarm of
other locusts you’re Pharoah or Moses
in one bed dreaming of basket
babies praying to God
you weren’t the firstborn"
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