Longitudes & Latitudes
A debut collection of 99 poems for all kinds of love,
heartbreak, existentialism, and smashing up the world.
Longitudes & Latitudes highlights nature and relationships
through its irreverently playful and experimental style,
witchy feminist energy, and literary-fourth-wall-breaking intimacy.
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(from Longitudes & Latitudes)
I have faith in Strong Women.
we are the poems that don’t belong,
don’t leave a problem un-dealt with, carrying
universes in our hearts,
happiness on our own
backs bent against imposturous winds, syndromes
of patriarchal fraudulence.
uncertain, distracted, stressed, Society drives us jealous –
mad for media validation, a mirror equal to our glow,
representation beyond object, beyond sex
we use our bodies as we want, assertive,
grounded between passivity and aggression,
pivoting, finding our sweet spots, rolling
otters in a creek / with the punches.
we’re powerful and ask for what we want –
to be seen, respected, believed
with the weight given to gods, as
femininity is divined beyond gender
beyond chromosome – woman is a vibe
outside of language
we are at our core, expanding
beyond the mould – we are breakers and menders
defiant beyond barrier, gentle creatures
who hear the wail of the world and answer together
who are rallied by its cry.
'fiercely feminist, mischievous... ultimately life affirming, hopeful, transformative'
'I found myself wanting to read on after the book had ended... Angeni takes you on a journey through her heart.'
'I love Angeni's turns of phrase, her details, her classical references, but mostly her honesty and her longing.'
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