Painted Blue with Saltwater (Paperback)

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It is so refreshing to discover a poet as rapturously rich with magic as Logan February. In Painted Blue with Saltwater, the poet swims with sea monsters, becomes a feather, becomes a window, becomes a safe house by the sea. This is the great pleasure of Logan's poetry--whatever lamentable situation the speaker finds himself in, there is always a way to shapeshift back toward the light: "Because I am / void & because I am vast & because / I am ocean." What welcome gifts, these gorgeous poems.

Kaveh Akbar

Saltwater, ghost-filled air, the fires of becoming a young queer man, and the dirt, the dirt of searching for home, for a name, and another name. Logan February's Painted Blue with Saltwater feels at once ancient/ elemental and utterly new/refusing to order the world in the same or any manner. This collection bends and stretches lyric language to show us how "a house is a box of doors, / of openings, of wounds," how the family's house is far from a heaven where "they have heterosexual sons & / perfectly grilled fish." Logan February's speaker is both drawn to and skeptical of what this world has given him. He wants "to talk to shovels / and ask them to be gentle." He wants to know "do knives know what they are used for." This is a collection that will inhabit your bones and rearrange your sky.

Chen Chen

The magic in Logan February's Painted Blue with Saltwater manifests from a needed eagerness. Sketches of boyhood & body cannot be negotiated without a level of antagonism & February's collection does so beautifully. It's the world that Painted Blue creates--filled with wings & air & ghosts & dust--that transmits the delicate yet heartening sentiment key to the work. February's voice is salient & sweet; carving out much-needed space for young Black queer poets.

Jayy Dodd

Painted Blue with Saltwater is, if nothing else, a self-portrait. It is opening a box of trinkets and knowing who the owner is based on what you find. It is running your finger across a canvas and feeling the thick chunks of paint, imagining exactly how the artist moved their brush. February balances precision and thoughtful curation with a breathtaking transparency, from which we learn that to be vulnerable is to be strong. These poems are stunning. Read this book and then read it again.

Olivia Gatwood

Product Details
ISBN: 9781945023088
ISBN-10: 1945023082
Publisher: Indolent Enterprises, LLC
Publication Date: May 15th, 2018
Pages: 50
Language: English