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"With a quiet ferocity, Samiya Bashir has composed a book of sharp edges and sly questions pointed at each of us.  Often, with the busy world swarming, we grow tired, lose sight of a full-hearted reason to be here.  These poems mean to be an antidote to that Field Theories demands the sort of wakefulness that proves we’re still alive."

Author of One Turn Around the Sun
Poet Laureate of Virginia

Ground state

"Ground State"

"bend into my mouth / before frost ends us"

** every printer needs a poet **
This year, for National Poetry Month, The Writers Center in D.C. published an short-short interview to celebrate CORONAGRAPHY, the Pushcart-Prize nominated heroic crown of sonnets that winds its way through Field Theories.

Letterpress Prints made by Tracy Schlapp / Cumbersome Multiples

Publication date: March 1st 2017

Nightboat Books
Distributed by UPNE (
Paper $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-937658-63-2
6.25 x 8 in 128 pages Poetry
Publicity contact:
Stephen Motika at or 718-930-1062

These poems span lyric, narrative, dramatic, and multi-media experience, engaging their containers while pushing against their constraints
Field Theories wends its way through quantum mechanics, chicken wings, Newports, and love, melding blackbody theory (idealized perfect absorption vs. the whitebody’s idealized reflection) with live Black bodies. 

Woven through experimental lyrics is a heroic crown of sonnets that wonders about love, intent, identity, hybridity, and how we embody these interstices.

Albert Murray said, “the second law of thermodynamics ain’t nothin but the blues.” So what is the blue of how we treat each other, ourselves, and the world, of how the world treats us?

history is a hole

December 1 - January 31 

Join us for the
Reading Group / Opening Reception

December 18, 4-6pm
hq Objective's Fortune Gallery
feat. contributions from Kalimah Abioto, Samiya Bashir, Roland Dahwen Wu, keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins, Maggie Heath, sidony o'neal, Sharita Towne, Stacey Tran, Takahiro Yamamoto, Lu Yim

click here for the readings!

Fortune Gallery is located at 2235 W Burnside St.

Both exhibit and hard copies of readings can be accessed outside the gallery at all hours.

Gallery hours Saturday and Sunday
12-6pm or by appointment.

Photo Credit: Kenan Banks
Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry: Field Theories (Spring 2017), Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist.

Sometimes she makes poems of dirt.

Sometimes zeros and ones.

Sometimes variously rendered text.

Sometimes light.

She lives in Portland, Ore, with a magic cat who shares her obsessions with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at
Reed College.
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