Curator’s Note: The word I keep coming back to when I think of the poems by both Aracelis Girmay and John Paul Davis is magnitude. Each poem is an ocean I am grateful to be swimming in. And even when it feels as if an entire world is contained there, they tread gently and honestly into our most human moments. Their poems have a way of gripping you by the chest and galloping away with it. Neither poet leaves you in the same place you began.
ARACELIS GIRMAY is the author of Changing, Changing: Stories and Collages (George Braziller, Inc., 2005), and the two poetry collections Teeth (Curbstone Books, 2007) and Kingdom Animalia (BOA Editions, 2011). She serves on the faculty of Drew University’s low-residency M.F.A. program and Hampshire College’s School for Interdisciplinary Arts.
JOHN PAUL DAVIS has represented Chicago at the National Poetry Slam on several occasions and is a founding member of the poetry & performance collective Real Talk Avenue. When he is not writing or saying poems to people from stages, he thinks a lot about poems, and read poems other people wrote. He likes poems. His web page is www.johnpauldavis.org