Pub date: Spring 2015
The Kingdom and After charts the twenty-first century imaginative echo of empire and displacement in our current moment of terror and globalization. Sometimes written in frank, shrunken lines and other times exploding with surrealist, jurassic imagery, the poems witness an associative mind leaping from bone temples in Tanga to the pumiced surface of extraterrestrial oceans, from a panic attack in Mumbai to the tumbling spirits of the Big Sur coastline.
“‘Am I accountable for these histories?’ writes Megan Fernandes in her memorable poem ‘Archives.’ Yes and no—her fresh, embracing imagination attends to several continents, many languages and cultures, with the originality of one who looks at a piano from below, seeing the ‘woody spirit of the instrument,’ its cavern and brackets, attentive to the sound of ‘the chimptas, fire gongs with bells’ and ‘the swampy Goa.’ (‘The Piano and the Ivy.’ ) A book of pleasures, wild inventions and profound clarity.”—Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000)
“In these limpid poems, Megan Fernandes finds her way back to roots and origins, even as she charts our many topographical, dreamed, amatory, and atomic detours. ‘Touch everything,’ she entreats, ‘Tell me about the broken terrain.’ It is the poem’s job to graph and weave from here to there and back again, and this she does, returning with much-needed news of our follies and fortunes.”—Eleni Sikelianos, author of Body Clock and The California Poem
“The Kingdom and After greets us with a mysterious and worldly look inside Fernandes’ personal timeline… Her characters are sentimental, melancholic at times, and ask us to slow down, to absorb into shades of yellow and green, and to befriend unsolicited ghosts. It is impossible for us, as readers, to dismiss the power behind Megan Fernandes’ stories.”—Alyse Richmond, Coal Hill Review
“The poems are surely thought provoking as they render a patchwork of time, space, histories, psychology, communities and intimacy… you’ll certainly want the poems to sit by you for long.”—Linda Ashok, The Rumpus
“Fernandes creates moments of bliss… She’s taken time to imagine new ways of navigating broken and layered terrains, and I would highly recommend it.”—Naomi B, Broken Pencil
“Wondrous and heartbreaking, The Kingdom and After is woven with subtlety and intricate placed lines of poetry that pull apart the layers of society to show what lingers behind the seemingly mundane.”—Nav Nagra, Room
Megan Fernandes is the poetry editor of the anthology Strangers in Paris and the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Organ Speech (Corrupt Press) and Some Citrus Makes Me Blue (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has been published or is forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press, the Boston Review, Rattle, Guernica, Memorious, and Redivider, among others. She earned her PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her MFA in poetry from Boston University. Currently, she teaches at Lafayette College.