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The Poetry Book Club returns Sunday, September 17, at 5:30pm with special guest Lucas de Lima, visiting lecturer in English at Mount Holyoke and author of Tropical Sacrifice, who will be leading the meeting and discussing that book. Copies available at the Odyssey with a 20% discount if you will be coming to the book club.
Lucas de Lima's TROPICAL SACRIFICE is a wishbone against a fascist heart/a prophetic, dream-filled narrative based on the spiritual journey of a chicken.
TROPICAL SACRIFICE is a wishbone against a fascist heart/a prophetic, dream-filled narrative based on the spiritual journey of a chicken. Used for sacrificial ritual in Afro-Brazilian religion, the chicken becomes a re-enchantment of the poet's ancestry. Her superior vision gives access to histories of genocide and ecocide, opening a portal to Indigenous, Afro-diasporic, queer and nonhuman worlds. From the favela to the Amazon to the astral plane, it is the half-winged bird who escapes the factory farm, inviting voices to bleed out of the sky.
Lucas de Lima is a Brazilian-born poet, artist, scholar, and educator. They are the author of Tropical Sacrifice (Birds LLC 2022) and Wet Land (Action Books 2014) as well as multiple chapbooks. A recipient of grants and fellowships from the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Canada Council for the Arts, de Lima holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. They live in New York City and teach at Mount Holyoke College.