Why Can't It Be Tenderness
Winner of the Felix Pollak Prize
University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming November 2018
available for preorder from Amazon here
Strikes just the right, clear note to place in the register of memorable debuts. Rosado's terrific new poems are salve and honey, even when the subjects of breaking and coming apart are at their beautiful core. Listen to the brilliant music of these pages.
―Aimee Nezhukumatathil, contest judge
Exhilarating, tactile poems―embodied, rich and full. Michelle Brittan Rosado is a visionary architect building and following interior maps within intricate landscapes, creating luminous revelation and deep calm. A book like this gives you your life back.
―Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Voices in the Air
The sense of a divided homeland―California and Malaysia―first splits then doubles the impassioned focus of these precisely crafted, complexly braided meditations on the self and family inheritance. Psychologically searing and yet always resonant with the world's pleasures, these poems unfold as an album of belated and tender homecomings.
―David St. John, author of The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems
An intimate book that draws the world inside its discoveries, both ordinary and extraordinary. Each poem offers us miracles by which we persist beyond the surface of language itself. Luminous in craft and intelligence, here is an original voice that questions, and ultimately celebrates, the profound wonder of our survival.
―Rachel Eliza Griffiths, author of Lighting the Shadow