Of Form & Gather

Of Form & Gather

by Felicia Zamora
Of Form & Gather

Of Form & Gather

by Felicia Zamora


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Of Form & Gather marks the dazzling debut of Felicia Zamora, whose poems concern themselves with probing questions, not facile answers. Where does the self reside? What forms do we, as human beings, inhabit as we experience the world around us? Echoing the collection’s provocative title, final judge Edwin Torres writes: “Zamora has crafted a work that celebrates form as human evolution—the poem’s breath, the poet’s body—passing over time in a landscape thirsty for passage.” Privileging journey over destination, Zamora’s poems spur the reader to immerse herself in linguistic soundscapes where the physicality of the poems themselves is, in no small part, the point: poems that challenge us to navigate the word/world as both humans and things. Edwin Torres continues: “This is quietly revolutionary work. . . . A living palimpsest to newly awaken our social engagement." With the publication of this volume, the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize, now in its seventh edition, emphatically makes good on its aim to nurture the various paths that Latino/a poetry is taking in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780268101787
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize
Edition description: 1
Pages: 74
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Felicia Zamora is the author of six poetry books including, I Always Carry My Bones, winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize (University of Iowa Press, 2021), Quotient (forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions, 2021), Body of Render, Benjamin Saltman Award winner (Red Hen Press, 2020), and Of Form & Gather, Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize winner (University of Notre Dame Press). A CantoMundo and Ragdale Foundation fellow, she won the 2020 C.P. Cavafy Prize from Poetry International, the Wabash Prize for Poetry and the Tomaž Šalamun Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Georgia Review, Guernica, Missouri Review Poem-of-the-Week, Orion, POETRY, The Nation, and others. She is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Cincinnati and associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.

Read an Excerpt


In delicate bind, we seek questions to
answers strung in fibers throughout our
cells. You, dear reader, compose of cells not
human at all: bacteria, archaea,
methogens … what you carry inside, carries
you. Microorganisms of wetlands,
producing marsh gas, swirl in your gut.
Picture paints the picture. We were made
to be made up of. Let us swathe ligature of
tatters & answers, build a new vessel we
call body & toss bundle off cliffs in
synchronicity in prayer.  

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