Poetry. Women's Studies. California Interest. Isabel Bezerra Balée's debut poetry collection is a terse and ferocious condemnation of a society that would deny the grief of the world. A travelogue told with fury and a confident sexiness, DILUVIUM // A BLUEJAY invites us to journey through the overwhelming landscapes of New Orleans, California, the emotionally-numb virtual life that perpetuates injustice and loss. In Balée's poetry, the personal is the geological is the social, so that the story of a mother's deteriorating health becomes the point of departure for addressing ecological collapse and the impossible future of late capitalism. Balée writes, "i am / my mother / which is also / death." The force of her poetry will hit like a great wave sweeping you far away.
Isabel Bezerra Balée is a poet, artist, and educator who lives in Philadelphia. She received her MFA in Literary Arts at Brown University, and has previously taught creative writing at Tulane University. Originally from New Orleans, and with roots in Northern Brazil, she lived in Oakland for several years before finding her way back to the east coast.Author City: PHILADELPHIA, PA USA