Arielle Taitano Lowe

2021-2022 Fellow, Indigenous Nations Poets

Arielle Taitano Lowe is an indigenous Chamoru poet from the village of Agat, Guåhan. She is a PhD in English student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and a Graduate Degree Fellow at the East-West Center. She writes about intergenerational healing in her home islands, the Marianas, located in Micronesia. Her work has appeared in Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia, Storyboard: A Journal of Pacific Imagery, and As/Us: A Space for Writers of the World. She writes and fights for an independent and reunited Guåhan, Låguas yan Gåni (all fifteen islands of the Marianas archipelago).

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Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers

Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: September 10, 2019

Selected by Kathy Fagan as a winner of the 2018 National Poetry Series, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers is a debut collection of poems by a dazzling geologist of queer eros. Drunktown, New Mexico, is a place where men “only touch when they fuck in a backseat.” Its landscape is scarred by violence: done to it, done on it, done for it. Under the cover of deepest night, sleeping men are run over by trucks. Navajo bodies are deserted in fields. Resources are extracted. Lines are crossed. Men communicate through beatings, and football, and sex. In this place, “the closest men become is when they are covered in blood / or nothing at all.”

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