2015 Winner of the Sillerman Prize for African Poetry
University of Nebraska Press
“It’s a deep purple thought;
once it unraveled prematurely
and its tail broken, leaving a faint trail
of rummaging words.”
Mahtem Shiferraw. Fuchsia. 2015.
“It is exciting to see a poet working intensely at precision of language to capture the most difficult things for language to capture…. This is a study of poetic obsession, and what we get is the indisputable evidence that beyond any desire to say something, to communicate some of the complexity of the world, some polemical or political idea, there is in Shiferraw a desire to challenge her skills as a poet to capture, through the limitations of language, the infinite possibilities of our universe.” —Kwame Dawes, APBF Series Editor, Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner