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A Book of Poems by Sean Frederick Forbes
Introduction by V. Penelope Pelizzon
Jun. 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-1-940939-02-5 (eBook)
LCCN: 2013953968

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PROVIDENCIA, Sean Frederick Forbes’s debut poetry collection, offers deeply personal poetry that digs beneath the surface of family history and myth. This coming of age narrative traces the experience of a gay, mixed-race narrator who confronts the traditions of his parents’ and grandparents’ birthplace: the seemingly idyllic island of Providencia, Colombia against the backdrop of his rough and lonely life in Southside Jamaica, Queens. These lyric poems open doors onto a third space for the speaker, one that does not isolate or hinder his sexual, racial, and artistic identities. Written in both free verse and traditional poetic forms, PROVIDENCIA conjures numerous voices, images, and characters to explore the struggles of self-discovery. Cover art: Holly Turner.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

SEAN FREDERICK FORBES
SEAN FREDERICK FORBES is a mixed race Afro-Latino and the series editor of 2Leaf Press’ 2LP EXPLORATIONS IN DIVERSITY, which explores the past, present and future of diversity and inclusivity in America. He is the co-editor of the series’ first book, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE WHITE IN AMERICA? Breaking the White Code of Silence, A Collection of Personal Narratives (2016), and is the co-editor of THE BEIGING OF AMERICA (2017). His poetry has appeared in various journals including Chagrin River Review, Crab Orchard Review, Long River Review, Midwest Quarterly, and Sargasso: A Journal of Caribbean Literature, Language and Culture. Forbes is the director of the creative writing program at the University of Connecticut, and teaches poetry and writing. Providencia is his first poetry collection. www.seanfrederickforbes.com.

INTRODUCTION BY V. PENELOPE PELIZZON

V. PENELOPE PELIZZON
V. PENELOPE PELIZZON is the author of two books of poetry, Whose Flesh Is Flame, Whose Bone Is Time (forthcoming 2014) and Nostos (2000), as well as co-author of Tabloid, Inc: Crimes, Newspapers, Narratives (2010), a study of sensation journalism, photography, and film. Her poetry and essays have appeared widely, and her awards include the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, The Norma Farber First Book Award, The Hollis Summers Prize, and a “Discovery”/The Nation Award.

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What People Are Saying

In PROVIDENCIA, Sean Forbes presents poetry that is rich in a kind of spare aesthetics. Spare, as in clear, as in extra and its opposite, sparingly, as in leave uninjured, as in can-you-spare-a-dime—yes, especially that sense of provide.

— Kimiko Hahn, author of Toxic Flora

There is a lot to admire in this debut, including the wide formal range, ambitious scope, mythic power, and fascinating narrative. . . . In Forbes’s quest, you will find personal poems that strike with resounding social significance, as well as poems that survey a sometimes gentle and sometimes violent historical landscape with visceral intimacy.

— Jonathan Andersen, author of Stomp and Sing

In the vein of Jamaica Kincaid, PROVIDENCIA is a kaleidoscopic journey home to a very small place, an island that may appear tiny on a map but contains a whole world of feelings unto itself. . . With a yearning untainted by sentimentality, Forbes gracefully scribes his/our Caribbean diasporic family history in his debut book.

— Lisa Sánchez González, author of The Stories I Read to the Children, The Life and Writing of Pure Belpré

Sean Frederick Forbes’ poems are a luxurious blending of the exotic with the mundane, creating a world that is simultaneously familiar but tinged with a mild surrealism, a world just out of reach, but in clear focus . . . The absolute beauty of these poems is the self-confronting journey of a man who seeks to discover where he came from, to unravel who he is.

— Bruce Cohen, author of
Placebo Junkies Conspiring with the Half-Asleep

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