Poet. Teacher. Freelancer.
Do Not Bring Him Water beckons the reader with its nostalgic pastoral landscape, then haunts them with the shadows of menacing animals and men. The writing is disarming, lyrical, and unhinged, and it often took me until the end of a poem to realize I’d been holding my breath the whole time. It’s hard to believe this is a debut collection: the author has seen so much and lived to tell about it, and tell it with gorgeous darkness. This book will make you rethink language.
Headshot credits: Jithu Ramesh (images 1 and 2) Erika Dely (image 3 and 4)