TORCH Poetry Reading: Lauren K. Alleyne
Join us to celebrate Lauren K. Alleyne's new book of poetry, Honeyfish!
The title Honeyfish comes from a transliteration of the Greek word, Μελανούρι (melanouri), which is a kind of fish (saddled bream, to be precise). However, the poem and the book are really more about figuring out what kind of being one is, what one can become, what names one can claim or is claimed by, and how one translates oneself across the various contexts one encounters.
Honeyfish posits that when you bring your body to a space, it is both an act of agency and of faith. Through the lens of a Black immigrant woman—the poems’ lyric “I” and eye—this collection contemplates the shifting ground of legal, cultural, sociopolitical, historical and personal landscapes in search of a place to stand. The poems wander and witness, wonder and grieve; they hold experience up to the light. This book asks: What does it mean to belong to a place? How does one make, find, leave and rediscover home?
Lauren K. Alleyne is the author of Difficult Fruit (Peepal Tree Press, 2014) and Honeyfish (2018 Green Rose Prize, New Issues 2019). Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies such as The Atlantic, Ms. Muse, Women's Studies Quarterly, Guernica, The Caribbean Writer, and Crab Orchard Review, among others.