We met Vanessa this past weekend at a friend’s brunch and loved her energy and her work, so we decided to share a bit about the poetry book she’s launching in a few weeks!
“I need a safe house everywhere I go./ The invasions are every day,” writes Vanessa Jimenez Gabb in her dazzling debut collection of poetry, Images for Radical Politics.
Gabb’s book begins with an economic update and moves through scenes of labor, liberty, danger, and the dull-gorgeous ache of a capitalist existence; an existence spent negotiating one’s time and worth, one’s civic role, one’s money.
“Come closer/ Let me see your face/ Tell me your name/ What has happened to you/ Today what was taken,” we read with an intimacy that disarms.
Images for Radical Politics is an astonishing first collection of documented work and worry, of radiating radical concern.
Vanessa Jimenez Gabb is the author of the chapbooks midnight blue (Porkbelly Press, 2015) and Weekend Poems (dancing girl press, 2014).
She received her MFA in Poetry from CUNY Brooklyn College and is from and lives in Brooklyn."
Official book launch is November 1st.
Launch party will be at Torn Page Salon in Chelsea on Sunday, November 13th from 3-5pm. Readings and wine.
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