Puerto Rico-to-the Bronx-to-L.A. poet Luivette Resto’s new poetry collection is a fierce celebration of where she has been–and who she is, from her ancestors to daughter, mother, poet, lover. An excerpt of two poems from her acclaimed and celebrated collection.
“I’m mesmerized by Luivette Resto’s hechizos y encantamientos–her poems are prayers.”– Luis J. Rodriguez
LIVING ON ISLANDS NOT FOUND ON MAPS
by Luivette Resto
When I visited the ocean
she told me
I was strong as her currents,
unpredictable like the tides.
She told me
brujas on blood moon nights
unpredictable like the tides
gather by her recursive feet
with a hand full of silver coins because brujas know how to worship her coastline like an altar
and stand by her recursive feet
as the Perigean spring tide allows a kiss.
To worship her coastline like an altar
full of intention while gray waves move
like a plena as the tide allows a kiss
entropically move from me to you.
With full intention, waves glide
across our feet as her answers
whisper from me to you
strong as her currents.
last night in a dream
we rode a bus to somewhere
you played the trumpet
and I wanted to be so
vulnerable like the notes
Excerpt from LIVING ON ISLANDS NOT FOUND ON MAPS featured with permission from the author and publisher, Flower Song Press.
The official launch, plus reading and signing, for Luivette Resto’sLIVING ON ISLANDS NOT FOUND ON MAPS will be held Sunday, April 24, Noon-3, at Vintage Wine + Eats in Studio City. The event will be MC’d by poet Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo and feature readings by poets Bridgette Bianca, Cynthia Guardado and Angelina Saénz, plus DJ sets by poet F.Douglas Brown. RSVP: here. (Please note that space is limited.)
Learn more at luivette.com.