Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Jim Norrena
Paperback, 112 pages, $15
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (Writing 2008) has her first book of poetry now available: Twerk (Belladonna Press, 2013), which is already on the bestseller list for March and May with its distributor, Small Press Traffic.
MFA Program in Writing faculty member Gloria Frym calls Belladonna "a prestigious press for women writers."
Twerk unveils an identity shaped by popular media and history, code switching, and cultural inclusivity. The poems, songs, and myths in this long-awaited first book are as rooted in lyric as in innovation, in black music as in macaronic satire.
The book evokes paradox, humor, and vulnerability, and it offers myriad avenues fueled by language, idiom, and vernacular. This book asks only that we imagine America as it has always existed, an Americana beyond the English language.
From reviewer Randall Horton: "Twerk is an experimental phenomenon in that each poem stands at the precipice of a new beginning, ready to leap into neoteric meaning, sounds and symbolisms. I call the reading experience an explosion of sound."