Mohilak by Keana Aguila Labra
***SIGNED COPY!!!*** Keana Aguila Labra examines family in their last poetry chapbook, NO SAINTS, with a focus on the women who came before them. In Mohilak, Labra shifts that focus to grief, specifically generational trauma and the passing of a family member. The poems in this chapbook range from a more abstract free verse to a perfected and pointed prose poem. While reading Mohilak, I was reminded of Victoria Chang’s OBIT, which is an analysis of grief. Both collections—OBIT and Mohilak—come from different yet powerful perspectives that sift through rawness, processed and unprocessed emotions, and an abundance of care. Labra commands language with a blend of love and sorrow: “Portrait of ghost as warning” (II. LUHA), “Longing is wanting nothing, not looking, the act of pushing away” (Portrait of Josefa as Lola), “her teeth speaking knives of criticism permeating flesh, carving each curve into her image” (Dalaga). Mohilak is a must-read for any poetry collections that usher in grief as inheritance and inheritance as grief.
- Publisher : Independently published (September 25, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 66 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8485585099
- Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.15 x 9 inches