2018 Lexi Rudnisky First Book Prize Winner
In Ridiculous Light, Valencia Robin captures the everyday and the ecstatic in a voice all her own. Through poems that live at the intersection of history and experience, she captures the joys and tumult of being alive. She is a storyteller of the first order, a documenter not just of memories but of how we remember.
“In these memorable poems, Valencia Robin serves up a brash, blistering narrative that is impossible to turn away from. . . . Ridiculous Light illuminates in utterly lyrical and necessary ways.”
—Patricia Smith, author of Incendiary Art
“In Ridiculous Light, Valencia Robin transforms memories of family, Milwaukee, and her post-divorce reckoning into poetry that underscores the lyric's distinctive power to illuminate the contours of a Black woman’s life.”
—John Keen, author of Counternarratives
Valencia Robin is a poet and visual artist. Her poems have appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, The Cortland Review, Foundry, Kweli, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in art from the University of Michigan and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia.
Paperback / $15.95 (Can $21.95) / ISBN 978-0-89255-496-6 / 56 pages / Poetry