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"This gorgeous debut troubles and reshapes notions of belonging against the backdrop of a country obsessed with its own exclusions, erasures, borders, institutions, and violence. Geter's poems simmer original forms of witness and resistance." 

―Claudia Rankine, Citizen

"Here is the history of this country in all its blood and complication, with all its promise and betrayal. These poems are an accounting, a testimony, a prayer―poems meant to quiet the animal inside us." 

―Nick Flynn, I Will Destroy You

"Like a high lyric conversation overheard...done with attention to what this one beautiful story says about the so-called American story." 

―Jericho Brown, The Tradition

"Unflinching and undeniable, these poems edge against exile’s reverberating consequences, and in gorgeous language deliver a trenchant understanding of which worlds one can and cannot inhabit, ever aware of both the power of imagination—and its limits.

―Khadijah Queen, Anodyne

"A remarkable debut that troubles the meaning of 'protection'...an act of transformation that ferries love into poems of unapologetic and enlarging testimony. 

Catherine Barnett, Human Hours