The Book is Two Books: Moon Woman & don't get your hopes up
“Moon Woman begins “beholden to a body,” at once lyrical and sharp, an incredible collection of poems that span intimate terrain to collective memories. With deftness, she floats, submerges, and comes up for air. Her words, like testimonies, skim horizontally across the surface of her skin. There’s a tenderness that is also critical and self-aware, calling for witness after trespass. Sit with Moon Woman under a tree. Breathe in these poems, as she whispers, “feel most free beneath my gaze,” and then exhale.” —Sophia Terazawa, author of I AM NOT A WAR
don’t get your hopes up
“don’t get your hopes up is a powerful collection of declarations rounding corners, running to embrace. These poems hold monsters next to notes. Together, they say, “i build myself a deep nest,” as though to imagine an ever-shifting space of both reckoning and healing in times of despair. It is precisely here, in “the place just behind the eyes,” that seeing becomes a political act, as clear as the avowal to never look away. Let the poems of don’t get your hopes up work through nothing less than magic.” — Sophia Terazawa, author of I AM NOT A WAR
"When Courtney Marie writes in the title poem, and the way we talk about it/when we don’t talk about it, she distills this collection’s accomplishment of giving voice to the peculiar aches of our most intimate relationships. Her poems’ elisions and prolepsis dilate with vulnerability, and it is from a bold and tender place where she speaks to vulnerability threat of hurt and its promise of grace. These poems understand that when we are at our most vulnerable we are neither lost nor disappeared but only misplaced. These poems know our present is crowded with the past, and that ears can just as soon strain to hear a mother’s footsteps as drown a voice with ocean. This collection speaks those oceans that span the distances between who we love, who we lose, and who we find again. Put simply, these poems are love, which—despite and because of our brokenness—find us, again and again." — Paula Mendoza, author of All Slither
“In these poems, Fatima Hirsi and Courtney Marie celebrate the body in its wondrous wholeness—but there is also a record of brokenness here. These poems are a vessel containing joy and sorrow—suffering and hope. They are, in other words, much like the cup of life.” — Camille T. Dungy, author of Trophic Cascade
"Fatima Hirsi and Courtney Marie are poets of the first order: lively, inventive, wise in body and mind. They aren't afraid to go toward the dark; in fact they run straight at it, with relish and a genuine talent for risk. Are poets dangerous? Put it this way: we ignore them at our risk, and that's especially true with these two excellent poets, whose work is as pleasurable as it is unsettling." — Ben Fountain, author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories
Meet The Authors: Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi & courtney marie
It is quite fitting that Fatima and courtney marie will be releasing their first chapbooks together. Over several years of friendship, they've already collaborated on everything from podcasts to poetry marches. The two met at a live recording of The Reunion Podcast in Dallas, Texas and connected over a mutual love for Smith Corona typewriters and good poetry. They've since performed in countless showcases together, including two installments of Looped (a visual installation of poetry & text), Disembodied Text Live, a panel on women in literature, and the White Rock Zine Machine and MakeShift PhotoRama at Kettle Art Gallery. Last year they opened for Morgan Parker together, and this year they're ready to make their book a reality, and hopefully embark on what will surely be the greatest book release tour ever... with a little help from their friends. (That's you!)
Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi is the founder of Dark Moon Poetry & Arts, a monthly series spotlighting the creative feminine and non-binary energies of North Texas. She can often be found on sidewalks using her typewriter to birth poems for strangers. She has been published in Entropy, The Boiler, Anthropology Now!, Bearing the Mask, and elsewhere. Her work has been featured by WFAA, KERA, the Dallas Morning News, and others.
courtney marie is a writer and artist based in Denton, Texas. She enjoys working with text as an art medium and performance object. Her work has appeared in Nat. Brut, Spooky Girlfriend Press, Black Sun Lit, Souvenir Lit, The Thing Itself, etc. but also in basements and museums, street corners, bars, and art galleries; in cities all over the country. She is the co-founder and primary organizer of the literary & art collective Spiderweb Salon (Best Literary Arts Group 2016, Dallas Observer), co-host of Pegasus Reading Series and Deep Ellum Lit Hop, and the host of Spiderweb Salon’s literary podcast, produced by Pariah. She lives with two cats and writes a lot of letters.
The Breakdown: Help!Costs:
Print Cost: (200 books) and initial shipping: $780
Book Proofing: $100
Book Layout and Design: $500
Limited edition prints: $200
Total: $2765 (including 10% kickstarter fees)
*Funds exceeding our goal will be used to print more books and help with touring costs!
Risks and challenges
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