I am pleased to introduce my latest chapbook, this time published in the US by BottleCap Press.
Come Closer, I Don’t Mind the Silence is my latest work, with pieces written over the past year and a half. Parts of the manuscript were written before I moved to Birmingham, Alabama, from Malta. It is also available in ebook form. I’m so happy that BottleCap Press accepted my manuscript!
I’m rather proud of what it says on the back of the chapbook, so I will reproduce it here:
Poetry written on two continents over 15 months takes us from island life in the Mediterranean to the American South. The poet finds refuge and understanding in watery dreamscapes; she calls to nature and the elements to piece together a path to where she is right now. What is she but a woman in constant translation?
Hybridity, a change in rhythm, and the use of space craft a collection that exhibits its wounds with its joys and does not draw clear lines between memory and dream logic. We are taken to dark caves and metamorphosized until we recognize the self again. And just as we think we’ve begun to understand, the walls of the dream are set on fire.
Calleja writes on existential themes and aspects of violence, renewal, navigating the world as a woman, and longing. She flirts with the unsayable and questions what keeps us alive (even in our darkness) and what keeps our fingers on cave walls (even when we cannot see the light). Hope and loneliness lie down together—anything to language the noise.
Here’s a sample
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