Today's poem is "First Anniversary, With Monkeys"
from At The Drive-In Volcano

Tupelo Press

Aimee Nezhukumatathil's first collection, Miracle Fruit, was the winner of the ForeWord Magazine Poetry Book of the Year, the Global Filipino Literary Award, and Publisher's Weekly called it a 'debut [that] comes through in light bursts of clear sensuality and joy.' New poems appear in Tin House, FIELD, and Prairie Schooner. She is associate professor of English at SUNY-Fredonia where she was awarded a Chancellor's Medal of Excellence.

Other poems by Aimee Nezhukumatathil in Verse Daily:
October 9, 2005:   "Aanabhrandhanmar Means 'Mad About Elephants'" " Forget trying to pronounce it. What matters..."
July 7, 2002:  "Small Murders" "When Cleopatra received Antony on her cedarwood ship..."

Books by Aimee Nezhukumatathil: At the Drivein Volcano, Miracle Fruit by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Other poems on the web by Aimee Nezhukumatathil:
Seven poems
"Dinner With the Metrophobe"
Two poems
"Working the Rice"
"Winter Games"

Aimee Nezhukumatathil's Home Page.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil's Blog.

About At The Drive-In Volcano:

"Aimee Nezhukumatathil's poems are as ripe, funny and fresh as a precious friendship. They're the fullness of days, deliciously woven of heart and verve, rich with sources and elements — animals, insects, sugar, cardamom, legends, countries, relatives, soaps, fruits — taste and touch. I love the nubby layerings of lines, luscious textures and constructions. Aimee writes with a deep resonance of spirit and sight. She's scared of nothing. She knows that many worlds may live in one house. Poems like these revive our souls. Read them, then say her glorious name over and over again like a charm of syllables — it's a poem of its own."
—Naomi Shihab Nye

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