The Black Maria

Girmay, Aracelis

The Black Maria - 1st ed. - United States; BOA Editions Ltd; 2016 - 120 Pages; Paperback - American Poets Continuum Series .

"Taking its name from the moon's dark plains, misidentified as seas by early astronomers, the black maria investigates African diasporic histories, the consequences of racism within American culture, and the question of human identity. Central to this project is a desire to recognize the lives of Eritrean refugees who have been made invisible by years of immigration crisis, refugee status, exile, and resulting statelessness. The recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award for Poetry, Girmay's newest collection elegizes and celebrates life, while wrestling with the humanistic notion of seeing beyond: seeing violence, seeing grace, and seeing each other better."


American poetry--African American authors--21st century.