Teeth

Stunning, highly original poems that celebrate the richness of the author's multicultural tradition, Teeth explores loves, wars, wild hope, defiance, and the spirit of creativity in a daring use of language and syntax. Behind this language one senses a powerful, inventive woman who is not afraid to tackle any subject, including rape, genocide, and love, always sustained by an optimistic voice, assuring us that in the end justice will triumph and love will persevere.

LOVE,
you be the reason why
we swagger & jive,

lift the guitar, & pick up the axe.
when it is i tilt my hat to the side,
wearing colors & perfumes, it's cause, love,
you did it to me. oh,
you do sure turn my tongue to fiddle,
& make the salt taste sweet. man,
i don't need a rooster, or peacock even,
to help me spend my time, nope,
just you, love, right & solid as
a line.

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By Tara (The United States) · July 25, 2007
I've heard Aracelis read quite a few of these poems, read quite a few of them to my boyfriend when we're driving in the car together, and now I've read it cover-to-cover today. I am completely in love with the opening poem "Arroz Poetica," "Ode to the Watermelon," the title poem, "For Estefani Lo... ...more
By Lisha Adela (Mesa, AZ) · ★★★☆☆ · May 30, 2009
Aracelis' work is meant to be read out loud. Indeed I did have the pleasure of hearing her read as one of the featured poets in Tempe, AZ National Poetry Month series. She is a dynamic reader and when later I read her poems, I could still hear her voice wrap around the words. Her use of language... ...more
By Rich (Pearl River, NY) · ★★★★★ · January 13, 2015
Ara writes the way she talks: the use of repetition, the swirling of favorite words around the mouth like a Jolly Rancher. A good good book from a good good poet. Evocative of Larry Levis, unapologetically political, unflinching images that are not afraid to meander. Particular favorites: "The Pi... ...more
By Craig (Casper, WY) · ★★★★☆ · December 17, 2013
A tiny bit disappointing to me, personally, after the mind-blowing Kingdom Animalia collection, but I found that I was still in love with this poet's fierce voice by the time I finished the book.

And the opening poem - Arroz Poetica - just fantastic. ...more
By Nadia (The United States) · ★★★★★ · August 12, 2013
Aracelis Girmay has made me fall me madly in love with poetry all over again. My heart ached when this book ended. I didn't want it to end! Amazing read. ...more
By Destroydecay (Arcadia, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · November 19, 2013
Kingdom Animalia was so fantastic, inspiring, and powerful that I had too high of hopes for this book. ...more
By Niel (New Castle, DE) · ★★★★☆ · November 21, 2009
"I do not know what happens to our gone....but tell me a story that did not begin with love." ...more
By hannah (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · February 23, 2011
I'm not sure how to explain why this was so good. But it was. Loved it. Felt like it understood me. ...more
By Alessandra (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★★ · December 28, 2010
Its good to keep a copy of this book nearby. ...more
By Taije (Philadelphia, PA) · ★★★★★ · November 09, 2009
Love, love. ...more