Camonghne Felix

Haymarket Books (Summer 2019)

Trade Paper • ISBN-13:9781608466115• US $16 • 5.5 in x 8.5 in • 96 pgs.


Survival is just the beginning. After survival, there must be something else, something freeing that we conjure when speak our dreams and hurts aloud. Build Yourself a Boat, an innovative work by award-winning poet Camonghne Felix, explores the political and philosophical concept of post-survival, redefining our relationship to generational trauma.

Composed of threaded narratives, and a focused attention on recollection through agency and form, Build Yourself A Boat redefines the language of collective trauma, individual trauma and our approach to the lyric of the trauma. The body is not a site for revelatory shame. Assembly of self is not voyeur. This is not a collage of hurt. This is about what grows through the wreckage. This is a look at what might come next and a diagram of the waters that birth us. A look at what floats, and what, ultimately, sustains.


Camonghne Felix is a poet, political strategist, media junkie and cultural worker. She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, and has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo and Poets House. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she is the author of the chapbook Yolk, and was listed by Black Youth Project as a “Black Girl From the Future You Should Know.”


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