Poetry. Our intricate thinking and our ability to process the world deeply connect us as human beings. Yet we conjure inhibitors to limit our interactions with each other such as race, class, species, landscape, and limitations of understanding. Despite the barriers we construct, we are relative to each other. INSTRUMENT OF GAPS explores these intersections of humanity's innocence, curiosities, influences, impact on environments, and how we all carried along by other.
In relentless acknowledgement of the gaps that exist in the mind, in society, in language, on the page, and in our natural behaviors, the poems work to uncover new ways of thinking for both writer and reader. The poems move fluidly from vivid events of personal past, to contemplation on events around the world, to humanity's role on current environmental issues, and finally to preparation for action.
The poems traverse witness. Whether the lens be focused on a spider in mid-balloon, a woman in a life vest, or a mouse in an oven drawer, a call to witness exists. In witness, we fall implicated in both the wonders and the horrors of a life in motion. Our true actions reveal to be both ghastly and lovely toward each other and our planet. Our instinct may be to bridge the divides between what we witness and how we navigate the world. Are we ready for what finds us? Full of inadequate questions, visceral memories, desires, choruses, pain, and stories, the poems seeks self-discovery and societal impact on the natural world.
Felicia Zamora is the author of six books of poetry including, I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize (University of Iowa Press, 2021), Body of Render, Benjamin Saltman Award winner (Red Hen Press, 2020), and Of Form & Gather, Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize winner (University of Notre Dame Press). A CantoMundo and Ragdale Foundation fellow, she won the 2020 C.P. Cavafy Prize from Poetry International, the Wabash Prize for Poetry and the Tomaž Šalamun Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Academy of American Poets Poem-A- Day, AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Georgia Review, Guernica, Missouri Review Poem-of-the-Week, Orion, Poetry Magazine, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.