I maintain dominion over the crevices of myself, deep into the layers of my skin, which never must be questioned. Never doubt that these crevices extend toward an infinitely receding boundary. Come close to me to feel it.
Simone White’s trailing poems encapsulate moments of diaspora in various forms, from essays to lists, to carefully metered clusters. Sweeping across each page, their fragmented form reflects the division of identity as she searches for scattered pieces of the self. Her code-switching deftly depicts the attempts to place oneself and be found in return–sometimes as a poet, a mother, a daughter, a Black woman, an academic, or a body, all simultaneous ways of being.
— Caroline S
“I read White’s volume as a poetic lens on the specificities of the diaspora and the ‘dispersed,’ written with baroque skepticism, feminist vision, and attention to the complications of a Black yet to be storyed any/where.”
— Erica Hunt