Posted by: nebula61 | August 27, 2017

Backbone Press to publish The Ocean Between Us!

I’m very happy and honored to announce the fall 2017 publication of my 2nd chapbook, The Ocean Between Us by Backbone Press.  Backbone’s description:

“The Ocean Between Us is a collection of poems wrapped in memories and language. Beatriz Fernandez artfully weaves together dazzling imagery and alluring sounds to create concrete visions of Puerto Rico, Florida, and a geography of loss. With the ability to use the perfect words to describe imperfect times, she poses questions that pierce the human spirit. Unsure of the answer, this is a book of poetry that is rich with the “embryonic code of things to come.”

Backbone chose my chapbook The Ocean Between Us as one of their two Fall 2017 publications from 120+ entries.  It’s available for pre-order via paypal here.

The Riddle of Longing by Faisal Mohyuddin is the other chapbook chosen.  He just won the 2017 Sexton Prize for his first full length book, forthcoming from Eyewear Publishing in the UK!

Backbone Press is small press for ethnic writers interested in “language that is elegant and provocative; poetry that informs and engages us in broader cultural conversations.”

The Ocean Between Us is very different from my last chapbook, Shining from a Different Firmament (still available via Finishing Line Press, 2015).

My description:

The Ocean Between is a 25-poem chapbook divided into two sections.  The journey begins with a brief visit back to Puerto Rico that brings back many memories of my childhood spent there. I’m the daughter of an immigrant and an islander whose ancestors also immigrated to their respective homelands.  Within every generation of my family there came a decision: to leave or to stay, and my ancestors always chose to leave, for their own sake and for their children’s.  From this restless heritage I derived a curious lack of home sense—I’ve always been neither one thing nor another, neither native nor alien.  These poems are an attempt to gather all these emotions together into a cohesive whole—to define what we mean by “home” and to highlight that perhaps it’s the ocean between that really matters:  that ever-changing, ever-the-same body that divides us and yet also unites us into a single body.


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