Inspired by the cleansing water often used in spiritual baths, Florida Water is an ode to the myriad ways a poem can rinse, reflect, reveal, and unravel us.
An honest meditation on migrating to South Florida for love, connection, and community, these poems lay bare the challenging dance between the role of the artist, lover, and organizer. aja monet confronts the interpersonal truths of community organizing while also uncovering the state’s fraught history with racial prejudice, maroon communities, and natural disasters. This intimate collection of lyrical poems are the artifacts of her search for belonging and healing as she wades through the rising tides of climate change, heartbreak, and systemic violence.
“Thank you, Aja Monet.”
“Interesting, powerful, at times challenging poetry.”
“A triumphant collection."
“Stunning and evocative... fierce and revolutionary.”
—Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“A bold, intimate and powerful collection of poems.”
“Aja Monet’s writing blazes in these breathtakingly fierce poems.”
“Aja Monet’s poetry, like her activism, is one of resistance and reimagining. It resists simplicity, instead opening up new vistas for the reader and new points of entry into perspectives that are largely ignored; she gives voices to the marginalized and forgotten and imagines worlds in which those voices can ring out.”
—The Los Angeles Review