The Beauty of The Minks:
Echolalia in Script gorgeously collects Sam Roxas-Chua’s asemic writings in a gallery of images contextualized by the title poem. The stunning examples of open form writing in this book are “flawed disiderata,” failed cartographies, “troubled cantatas,” “true languages born of beak & exhale.” As Roxas-Chua notes in the introduction, his interest in wordless open semantic forms of writing parallels his work as a poet and stems, in part, from his personal history: “born to Filipino parents, adopted into a Chinese family, and then later immigrating to America resulted in a number of displacements that prevented me from taking claim to country or language.” Echolalia in Script is a book of elemental, angelic, visionary beauty rendered in the illimitable shorthand of the divine, an austere infinite tracery, a singing Forever composed of untranslatable Nows.
| POETRY NEWS | A book launch invitation in Eugene, OR, a poem, and news from the beautiful state of North Carolina!EUGENE • BOOK LAUNCH READING • OAK STREET VINTAGE • FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018 • Friends, I hope to see you at book launch celebration for Echolalia in Script (Lithic Press) and Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater (Orison Books) this coming Friday, 7PM at Oak Street Vintage – 500 Olive Street – facebook.com/events/141778776482186/ASHEVILLE, NC • POETRY READING • MALAPROP'S BOOKSTORE • TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018 • I'll be reading with Jessie van Eerden Malaprop's Bookstore – 55 Haywood St – facebook.com/events/1526018514179071/RALEIGH, NC • POETRY READING • SO & SO BOOKSTORE • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, • Thanks to Dorianne, Joe, and Chris for the invitation to read. So & So Bookstore – 704 N Person St – https://www.facebook.com/soandsobooks/More info: samroxaschua.com
Posted by Sam Roxas-Chua on Sunday, January 14, 2018
EUGENE • BOOK LAUNCH READING • OAK STREET VINTAGE • FRIDAY, JANUARY 19, 2018 • Friends, I hope to see you at book launch celebration for Echolalia in Script (Lithic Press) and Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater (Orison Books) this coming Friday, 7PM at Oak Street Vintage – 500 Olive Street – facebook.com/events/141778776482186/
ASHEVILLE, NC • POETRY READING • MALAPROP’S BOOKSTORE • TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 2018 • I’ll be reading with Jessie van Eerden Malaprop’s Bookstore – 55 Haywood St – facebook.com/events/1526018514179071/
RALEIGH, NC • POETRY READING • SO & SO BOOKSTORE • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, • Thanks to Dorianne, Joe, and Chris for the invitation to read. So & So Bookstore – 704 N Person St – https://www.facebook.com/soandsobooks/
Friends, I'll be reading at the Pendleton Center for the Arts this Thursday. Hope to see you there! Yours, Sam
Posted by Sam Roxas-Chua on Monday, December 18, 2017
Here is the book trailer for Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater. Thank you so much to poet, musician, and good friend Max Heinegg for the accompanying music, I feel it truly captures the essence of the book. Special thanks to Danny Rosen, Kyle Harvey, and the Lithic Press team for making my dream come true for a second poetry collection!
Friends, I’m scheduling reading dates for 2018 for the two books (Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater and Echolalia in Script) and if you’d like to invite me to read at your class, library, bookstore or reading event, please let me know. I’d like to make it work and visit you.
Also, if you would like to review any of the books, please let me know too.
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Local: J. Michaels Books, Black Sun Books, and Barnes&Noble
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Lithic Press – lithicpress.com/index.php/our-catalog/82-saying-your-name-three-times-underwater
A poem read in four tongues. For Betty, my beloved.
Posted by Sam Roxas-Chua on Saturday, November 18, 2017
Local: J. Michaels Books and Black Sun Books
• • •
he wanted to plant it on the ground
and wish for a boy with a beak
this time—like Jesus whose father
was a dove, with a crown
illuming a whitish-gold light,
la luz. The light of Christ, kandila,
sounds like Candle, dila, tongue—
my tongue is borrowed
I’ve been seething decades
of my name minus
from my father’s mouth.
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from “Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater” (Lithic Press)
Echolalia in Script | A audio recorded personal thank you, an excerpt from the Introduction page, and a reading of the poem Echolalia in Script. Thanks again for all the support. The book is available for purchase here: https://goo.gl/FWV99m
THE QUIETRY | Time-stretched audio recording of crickets.