We Contain Landscapes

Poems

ISBN:
9781963108040
Pub Date:
03/18/2025
List Price:
$16.95
Page Count:
96
ISBN:
9781963108101
Pub Date:
03/18/2025
List Price:
$16.95
Page Count:
96

Here are intensely beautiful poems that arrange perception and then rearrange it, in the way that identity and memory do.”
—Victoria Chang, author of With My Back to the World

To whom do we belong, and at what cost? Patrycja Humienik’s debut poetry collection, We Contain Landscapes, is haunted by questions of desire, borders, and the illusion of national belonging. Bringing music and rich sensory detail to the page, these poems attend to the inextricable link between our bodies and the land. Over six ruminative and lush sections, they survey place and memory, both intergenerationally and through emotional bonds with other immigrant daughters. 

Weaving in letters, innovative forms, and meditations on devotion, sexuality, and self-deceit, We Contain Landscapes introduces a speaker who “will not turn away from the ache of this world.” For every reader who also harbors a voracious longing to encounter infinite landscapes and ways of being, this incisive collection dreams toward a more expansive idea of kinship—of becoming beloved to one another and ourselves.

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  • In We Contain Landscapes, Patrycja Humienik illuminates to us the sticky insides of longing, and the crisis of returning to ourselves in the process of returning home. This collection speaks to the heart of the immigrant daughter, and the daughter responds: yes i speak to you / in sweat.

    —Camonghne Felix, author of Dyscalculia

  • Here are intensely beautiful poems that arrange perception and then rearrange it, in the way that identity and memory do.

    —Victoria Chang, author of With My Back to the World