Protection Spell: Poems

University of Arkansas Press
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Finalist, 2017 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, edited by Billy Collins

“A poet of great heart and brave directness.”

—Billy Collins

In Protection Spell Jennifer Givhan explores the guilt, sadness, and freedom of relationships: the sticky love that keeps us hanging on for no reason other than love, the inky place that asks us to continue revising and reimagining, tying ourselves to this life and to each other despite the pain (or perhaps because of it). These poems reassemble safe spaces from the fissures cleaving the speaker’s own biracial home and act as witnesses speaking to the racial iniquity of our broader social landscape as well as to the precarious standpoint of a mother-woman of color whose body lies vulnerable to trauma and abuse. From insistent moments of bravery, a collection of poems arises that asks the impossible, like the childhood chant that palliates suffering by demanding nothing less than magical healing: sana sana colita de rana, si no sanas hoy, sanas mañana (the frog who loses his tail is commanded to grow another). In the end, Givhan’s verse offers a place where healing may begin.

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About the author

Jennifer Givhan is the author of Landscape with Headless Mama and the poetry editor at Tinderbox Poetry Journal. She lives in New Mexico and teaches at the Poetry Barn.
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Publisher
University of Arkansas Press
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Published on
Feb 15, 2017
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Pages
76
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ISBN
9781610756105
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Language
English
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Genres
Poetry / American / General
Poetry / American / Hispanic American
Poetry / General
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Death, Grief, Loss
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Family
Poetry / Subjects & Themes / Places
Poetry / Women Authors
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