In a masterful and sure poetic voice, a stunning debut, Lauren Alleyne takes us through the milestones of a life--from the vulnerabilities of a woman facing the pressures of forming her own identity, to what it means to be a person of difference, to what it means to journey through a culture with racial profiling. At the same time, Alleyne shows us what it means to love, to become engaged in a life of passion-- directed not only toward a single person but toward the world at large. --Mary Swander, Poet Laureate of Iowa, author of The Girls on the RoofTo go back "is a verb conjugated in dreams," Lauren Alleyne writes in her debut volume Difficult Fruit, inscribing the governing mystery of this work, the secret knowledge of the dead. There is uncommon spiritual knowledge here as well as political discernment. There is much to learn while accompanying Alleyne on her "raft of language," through a troubled world and an imagined heaven, to the place "from which comes all singing." I have gone with her and would do so again and again. --Carolyn Forché
"Readers will enjoy this body of work because of its unconventional approach and Alleyne’s personal touch is just enough for readers to understand that she's writing from the heart. Take the plunge and enjoy a piece of Difficult Fruit." —Leslie Haídez De Jesús, qbr.com
About the Author
Lauren K. Alleyne was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Cornell University, where she also completed a Graduate Certificate in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Alleyne's fiction, poetry and non-fiction has been widely published in journals and anthologies, and has been awarded several prizes, such as the Small Axe Literary Prize and a Lyrical Iowa Award, among others. Difficult Fruit is her first collection of poetry.