From Gramma Poetry, one of the newest and most exciting developments in the Seattle literary landscape of late, comes its newest title, itself an utterly exciting occasion: the first of Seattle poet, performance artist, and visual artist Anastacia-Reneé’s three poetry collections due out this year, (v.).
Better than we can say it, two of the finest poets at work today on what she has writ. The titles alone suggest the inventiveness of this terrific new book: "An Incomplete Inventory of What You Are Made of," "Essay Test Questions," "Psalms from a 16-Year-Old’s Life Bible." The poems of Anastacia-Reneé synthesize voice and body; prayer and meditation; politics and play; love and sexuality. Even poetic form is synthesized with monologues, glossaries, prose, and fragments. The lyrical, conceptual and formal experiments of (v.) are daring and breathtaking. This is a wonderful collection.” - Terrance Hayes.
“Anastacia-Reneé's (v.) broils the alphabet with accents of Zora and bobby pins and tangled braids; she is busy here melding a blackgirl womansong with a backbeat of black jesus and barbie heads; she is weaving a ghosted blues of cop cars and sparrow eyes; she is translating a language of pain to a semaphore of power. Open these pages and un-fly yourself/ upward to the moonlight/ christen your feet/ within a wrecked nest ... and witness a unique voice that has come into its own.” - Tyehimba Jess.
Anastacia-Reneé’s other forthcoming collections are Forget It (Black Radish) and Answer (Me) (Winged City/Argus Press) - and she is writer-in-residence at Hugo House.