LET THE DEAD IN Receives Glowing Review in Lightwood Press #10
"Agostini’s socially and spiritually aware poetry collection 'Let the Dead In' focuses on the duality between love and hate along with the way that these concepts integrate and clash"
Poet Robyn Hager reviews Saida Agostini's daring first collection let the dead in in the 10th edition of Lightwood. In her review, Hager praises Agostini's social and spiritual awareness as she contends with the violence and oppression facing black people in the United States. Below, read a small excerpt. Read the entire review in Lightwood's new issue here. Order let the dead in here.
Agostini successfully juxtaposes stark images from her life with deeply entrancing metaphors, and most poignantly in her poem "what love is" she compares the images of turmoil she witnesses between her parents with a dead buck on the side of the road whose
flesh ripped/exposing a dark black machine/so soft, stinking and fragile that years/later you’ll remember the risk of loving/something that wild
The author’s ability to display these powerful, and sometimes gruesome, epithets about life shines through in the entirety of her collection.
In this audio-only feature, the Maryland Poet Laureate’s poem is read by Amanda Holmes of The American Scholar
Torch Literary Arts, a non-profit literary organization with the goal of raising the creative voices of black women writers, has selected Saida Agostini as their featured artist of July.