BOAT BURNED to be published by YesYes Books in 2019

When you burn the boats, retreating, is no longer an option.  Boat Burned examines the relationships one is forced to vessel, to family, to faith to femininity; compares the female form to boat.  It interrogates the ways we are taught to woman, questions the model that has been passed down, recounts what the body carries and how the body carries us.  It asks what happens when you outgrow both the love and loyalties you were raised to obey and set fire to old identities and beliefs.

This collection explores and echoes themes of: hunger, divorce and distance. Asks why we altar what is absent, how we allow silence to continue to wound. It navigates and interrogates outdated narratives through the role of gender and exposes the complex, often shameful, relationship to one’s body. It examines the ways women have reached outside themselves for power by perpetuating patriarchal structures.

Boat Burned explores womanhood as an act of urgency, with its own language and law. Through an imperative voice and multiple lenses: woman as boat, woman as math problem, woman as storm, it rocks and sways, as you move through from sea to squall, feeling the ocean still calling in your bones. Boat Burned reminds us that, we each are a piece of every boat we've have built and sank. To build a new name, you must burn another.

Photo courtesy of GET LIT

Photo courtesy of GET LIT

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Words Ignite is a year-long deep dive into writing and performance, approved by the University of California for the classroom. It includes over 100 poems, writing prompts, and exercises, to help you claim, respond, revise, and perform. These are the tools of poetry, and by the end of the book, you’ll have them mastered.

Words Ignite is different from any other class, because you get to choose. You choose the poems you want to read, the topics and themes you want to write about, and how to share each poem with the world. 

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Kelly Grace Thomas