Aricka Foreman is a poet, editor and educator from Detroit, MI. Author of the chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber (YesYes Books), she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her poems, essays and features have appeared in The Offing, Buzzfeed, Vinyl, RHINO, The Blueshift Journal, Day One, shuf Poetry, James Franco Review, THRUSH, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking Penguin), among others. She currently lives in Chicago, IL.
Dream With a glass chamber
select interview excerpts: the shade journal
The diagnostic and colloquial language we use to discuss grief and trauma is so absurd to me. And it’s complicated. Human instinct causes us to catalog and list and make linear the trauma of loss. So I kept interrogating the stages: anger, denial, bargaining, etc.; the process was compulsive, and obsessive.
This book is clearly an elegy. An elegy is not inherently lyric, but potentially lives in the vast wheelhouse of the lyric poem. By pinpointing these poems to specific point in time, I can go back and pull from the moment something I missed, something I didn’t know to look at closely.
In some ways the poem is a clap back, at moving on, at being stagnant, how and what we unlearn in the process. It’s unsettling but can also be a kind of reclamation.
Loss can make us ugly and gauche, overly familiar and quick to subtle violences. I wanted to be honest about my culpability in that.
The Blueshift Journal "Humorism" & 2 more
The Shade Journal "Field Study #1"
Pinwheel Journal “Republic Americana” & “Master of Your Make-Believe”
The James Franco Review “Monologues In Bars By White People With Good Intentions” & 2 more
Thrush Poetry “go here, nothing to see home”
The Offing "Why Spotlight Minority Mental Health?"
Autostraddle 100 of My Favorite Poets for your Survival Pack
Cave Canem DOGBYTES (Interview)
Split This Rock "Dream Coated With Fluoxetine"
Speaking of Marvels (Interview)
Please Excuse This Poem Q&A with Aricka Foreman
Arts & Culture
“History, As Written By The Victors,” Krista Franklin
“Four Tales for Dry Land,” Kaitlyn Greenidge and Laylah Ali
“Lavender Menace: Feminist Fury and Visibility in Public Space,” Angela Davis Fegan
“The Coded Body,” E Jane
"Except, All of Us" with Mimi Wong
"Tapered Throne/Bald Fade" Brandon Tauzsik, Nate Marshall, Quincy T. Mills
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