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| Perfectbound | 102 pg
First edition: September 2018
• DESCRIPTION •
What is the trust between hands? Where is the tenderness of sweat?
In their full-length debut, Jamondria Harris moves to seek, to ask, to desire. “kill your teachers, name your lovers,” says quaerere. In poems and pictures that meditate through black queer afro-diaspora, quaerere searches for the outside of the ice in its mouth.
These poems know that no one fits or stays, but they still want to know whose body they’re carrying.
• BIO •
Jamondria Harris is a poet & multimedia artist based in Portland. They use words, sounds, wires, instruments, textiles & what falls into their hands to engage with blackness, desire, decolonization, religion, spirituality, fairy tales, queerness, femme supremacy, & body horror. They are a VONA Workshop Fellow, among other things.
• EXCERPTS •
from quaerere in Eleven PDX
• BLURBS •
“To seek, ask, desire — quaerere meditates on these states of active possibilities without appearing to need the (im)possibility of answers.
With a care born of love for craft and skill Harris turns phrases, at times resonant with Biblical rhetoric, at others culled from the quotidian, to open up further possibilities of language and new ways of seeing, all of which are “lovingly held,” as is the reader, by the haunting of the dream-like images, which themselves generate further seeking.
Asking. Desiring. Seeking. In these apocalyptic times it is imperative that we seek, ask and, above all, desire — truth, love, justice. This is poetry to accompany that urgent process.”
— M. NourbeSe Philip
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