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Best American Poetry blog reviews Echolalia in Script

January 15, 2018 • Full of Strange Experience: Seven Brief Reviews by Dante Di Stefano

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!

| 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/

Pendleton Center for the Arts – 12.21.17 Reading. See you there!

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

SAYING YOUR NAME THREE TIMES UNDERWATER – Book Trailer

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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Yours,

Sam
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EMAIL: goodmorningsam@mac.com
WEBSITE: samroxaschua.com
BOOKSALES
Local: J. Michaels Books, Black Sun Books, and Barnes&Noble
Online:
The Requatorist -squareup.com/store/therequatorist
Lithic Press – lithicpress.com/index.php/our-catalog/82-saying-your-name-three-times-underwater

Paperback
978-1946-583-000
$17.00/ Poetry
Fall 2017

Four Tongues

A poem read in four tongues. For Betty, my beloved.

Posted by Sam Roxas-Chua on Saturday, November 18, 2017

Poet Laureate Thoughts, New Book, Laundry

I Had a long and deep conversation with my mentor this morning and he kept saying “Remember the past four years.” Four years ago…I buried my first poem because I dreamt of leaves needing words on them. Four years ago…I buried a bust sculpture of my birthfather and later dug it up because of another dream about drowning. Four years ago…I met Dorianne Laux and she asked me what I was doing with my writing. I said that most of the time I bury them.
 
Four years ago I decided to have a relationship with my writing. I wanted to to know what the ink of my pens tasted like, I pressed typewriters ribbon on my tongue to understand this path of writers. And to ask, am I one? Four years ago, Dorianne recited words so beautifully at a workshop I believe even thunder was listening. I wanted to know this language that lived inside her. I applied to an MFA program she mentioned and there I met my tribe.
 
The past four years gave me health. I met amazing people who encouraged me to befriend my doubts. I read a poem to an audience grieving for a country. I offered adult-adoptee and LGBTQI bereavement services with a coined up term called “Discovery writing.”
 
To discover. To grow. To see what happens if I show up.
 
Yes, I accept the Sarah’s nomination as the next Poet Laureate of Oregon and good luck to all the nominees. It’s a long-shot for me but I believe in the task and I know you all do too. Here’s the link to support the process: http://oregonpoetlaureate.org/nominations/
 
OK. Time do to the laundry.
 
Oh by the way, SAYING YOUR NAME THREE TIMES UNDERWATER is now available. Thank you Danny Rosen, Kyle Harvey, and the Lithic Press team for making this dream come true for my second collection of poems. You can order them here:
 
• squareup.com/store/therequatorist
• lithicpress.com/index.php/our-catalog/82-saying-your-name-three-times-underwater
 

Local: J. Michaels Books and Black Sun Books

DILA

• • •

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
because…Dear Lord,
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)