64 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:15 Feb 2021

Ancestral Demon of a Grieving Bride


University of New Mexico Press

Fractured storytelling for a fractured world, Ancestral Demon of a Grieving Bride draws readers into a world that appears eerily familiar but unsettling as well. Fierce, visceral, sometimes funny, and wholly original, Hoahwah's poems will linger in a reader's dreams long after she's closed the book.

A cabinet of curiosities; a descent/ascent into otherworldly realms that can only be described through the forensics of poetry. Keenly imaginative and deft, imagery-rich, these poems combine iconography and artifacts with an omniscient peculiarity, and at times a downright creepiness that asserts itself viscerally, which is to say, in the very best and most thrilling of ways--like I stayed at the haunted carnival too long.'--Tiffany Midge, author of The Woman Who Married a Bear: Poems
With skulls piling up poem by poem and poetic figures like vampires, ghosts, zombies, a 'snake bone hag,' and a singing 'raccoon-witch-cannibal-monk,' Sy Hoahwah has perhaps invented Comanche goth. In his distinct 'sinister-bent' humor, Hoahwah claims the landscapes of Oklahoma ('Indiahoma'), the Ozarks, and other hinterlands. . . . These poems are 'like butterflies released by the breath of a vampire,' as horrifying and familiar as they are beautiful and rare.'--Heid E. Erdrich, author of Little Big Bully
Sy Hoahwah is also the author of Velroy and the Madischie Mafia: Poems and the chapbook Night Cradle. He is Yapaituka Comanche and Southern Arapaho.
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