Every First & Fifteenth by Dimitri Reyes
Winner of the 2020 Digging Press Chapbook Series Award. Situated in Newark, New Jersey's metropolitan landscape of multilingual communities, Reyes' narrator, a street corner bard guided by the spirits of urban artists, takes us on a journey of language alternations. Each poem is a negotiation between life on the streets and the joyful and sometimes perilous quest for self-discovery. Traversing the desires of wanting to fit in, to get something, to say something in secret -- Reyes' eclectic poetic forms embody the duende, the cri de coeur, the hand-to-mouth hustle of urban life.
The Digging Press Chapbook Series features pocket-sized books, perfect bound with square spines, as well as, original cover art and layout design.
Cover, illustrations, layout, and book design by Cynthia Alvarez. Paperback.
Excerpt: “Tité," originally published in Cosmonauts Avenue, February 2019.
Publication Date: July 15, 2021