Swarm Queen's Crown
As with her award-winning shortbook A Sundering, the poems in Stephanie Adams-Santos’ Swarm Queen’s Crown wield a sacerdotal power that thwarts simple rational approach. Line by line, the speakers navigate Being’s beauty and deep perplexity—‘the veiled / gore of becoming.’ Line by line the mystery of the Crown builds.
Here is the longbook debut of a contemporary mystic.
‘Adams-Santos is heir to Roethke. She lingers in secret rituals, in the spirit-worlds of plants and animals, conversing in songs and codes. There is a distinct, composed wildness to her voice . . . famished and unafraid. Astonishment, writes Adams-Santos. Why shouldn’t you say it.’
Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award
Details:7in x 8in
95 pages, hand-bound (perfect)
Recycled or sustainably-sourced paper
Offset-print in an edition of 350
Cover + interior panels by Darren Hopes