Recommended by Rich Smith
Seattle’s civic poet celebrates the launch of her third collection of poetry this year, Answer(Me), inside the glorious tree house that is Third Places Books in Seward Park. When I last spoke to Anastacia-Renée about the book, she described it as lyrical lesbian erotica. “But I won’t let them put it on that shelf,” she said. “I feel like a man and a woman can both go home with a hard-on from this book.” Being essentially dead inside, I can neither confirm nor deny this speculation. But her books this year evince the poet’s incredible range, from the incisive commentary on black womanhood and the limitations of activism in (v.), to the poly-vocal exploration of trauma in Forget It, to Answer(Me)’s queer love hymns.