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Aricka Foreman: Salt Body Shimmer

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Interior driven and intimately political, lyrical and rife with utterance, the poems in this stunning debut coax and trouble form, traversing the landscape of trauma and survival with a deft musicality of time, family, and slippery memory. At the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality, Foreman makes a song of the body—it’s howl and jubilation—and invites us to confront our interior lives in the listening. Salt Body Shimmer articulates a contemporary American experience, aware of the histories unsaid and unfaced, where women can inhabit their lives fully and freely, knowing safety is fragile and must be grabbed by whatever thread we can find.


Aricka Foreman’s deft lyric is both canopy and camouflage. . .declares its right to every place, finds its heroes, and offers ‘a spell for everything.’ ” —Ladan Osman, Exiles of Eden


Aricka Foreman is a poet, editor and educator from Detroit, currently living in Chicago. Author of the chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber and the full-length collection Salt Body Shimmer (YesYes Books, 2020), she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her poems, essays and features have appeared in The Offing, Buzzfeed, Vinyl, RHINO, The Blueshift Journal, Day One, shuf Poetry, James Franco Review, THRUSH, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago.