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“There are pecks here, as units of measure for hidden sweetness. And dag! Dag is here, scatted at Detroit depth. Field Theories is flush with blue notes, swung in the exercise and exorcism of blue devils, the off minor, off spherical acoustics of “baby we won” and “not the father” are folded into the gravity of a unified feel, the beauty and violence of inseparable differences, some impossible someone’s arms. Our tongues are in the pitch black mouth she conjures and records. This is our music.

Poet | Scholar | Theorist of the Field


Fresh from its New Orleans / Bywater Debut on Thursday, December 29th.
Stay tuned for a new film documenting the debut -- coming soon.

- four -

"We are everybody we love. We are inside them."
|| filmed with Roland Dahwen Wu & Patua Films ||

We have reached the close of a long, often beautiful, often difficult year. Somehow too we have crossed the halfway point with our films with the New Orleans debut of #4 of 6. The season continues. Roland and I chose to tune in here to love, to community, to support, to connection. We are in these fields together.

Happy New Year. 


An early Field Theories gift was finding "Consequences of the laws of thermodynamics" featured, alongside "Carnot cycle," in the April 2014, National Poetry Month, issue of Poetry Magazine along with a special focus on the poem in Poetry's monthly podcast. Read by Assistant Editor Lindsay Garbutt, and discussed between Lindsey and Poetry Editor Don Share, the poem marked the Poetry Magazine debut of the theories, and one of the early critical examinations of the poems in the field. 

Read the rest of the poem here.

Hear the poem and the conversation on the Poetry at the End of the World edition 
of the Poetry Magazine podcast.

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?
Portland Edition!

Sunday, January 15, 2017
6:00pm  8:00pm
Aladdin Theater 

On January 15, 2017, writers across the United States and in Europe will come together for Writers Resist, a “re-inauguration” of our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. Writers Resist events, large and small, will be held in dozens of locations throughout the US and the world.

Join me and "Dear Sugars" Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Zahir Janmohamed, Cooper Lee-Bombardier, Lidia Yuknavitch, Cari Luna, and more greatness at The Aladdin Theater, from 6pm - 8pm. 

Click HERE for tickets!
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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