A reading from new and forthcoming poets published by Black Radish Books. In Lisa Samuels’s Foreign Native, the poems are bodies walking out news, sound tracers, raw history in civic flesh, theaters of identity and talks in love. Poetry is a foreign native in our plans for language; it makes paradoxes of belonging if. Anastacia Renee, shattering the limits of lyric against churning seas of dissolution, asks what remains, how rise again? mónica teresa ortiz’s muted blood probes the intersection of policing and borders across bodies, sexualities, ethnicities, genders, asking what it might take to thrive. Responding to Spicer’s After Lorca, ortiz conjures “the skeleton of that tender-hearted crocodile,” Lorca’s ghost, to witness resistance, resilience, against violence and erasure. For her forthcoming The Beautiful, an anthology Initiated to counter the violence and turbulence currently at work in the U.S., Dana Teen Lomax asked a poet from each state of the US submit a “poem” (however conceptually they may interpret it—a news clipping, a piece of legislation, a photograph, etc.) that represents something BEAUTIFUL in that state. While Barbara Tomash’s PRE- reawakens her reader to the marvel of language, the common currency of encounter, media, negotiation, courtship. Collecting, collating, collaging the manifold threads spawned by the action of prefixes, the poet “[fixes] in the memory” language's capacity to wander, meanings folding outward and inward upon themselves, feral and profuse.