Felice Belle is a writer of brevity and power. Viscera is Felice Belle talking to us, and it is urgent and beautiful. —Jessica Hagedorn
Whimsically masterful, moving, and profound, Viscera is a collection that captivates with every poem. Belle delves into the raw heart of magic and memory, pop culture and physics. Belle is a voice to be celebrated, who with every page turn breaks and then restores your ragged heart. —Jennifer Murphy, First Responder
I read the entire book with my hand clutching my chest. I laughed and I cried and I remembered people I’ve loved and lost and lost and loved—but that hand never left —Bassey Ikpi, New York Times Bestseller, I’m Telling the Truth but I’m Lying
The everyday and the ecstatic are both vividly rendered here, and the poems are vibrant odes to New York and to black music. Viscera is a collection built from an intoxicating range of references, beautifully constellated, delivered with intelligent soundplay and a powerfully beating heart. —Jamel Brinkley, Witness
Felice Belle is a visionary poet…Belle’s poems are wickedly funny, full of sharp dialogue and precise imagery. There is a casual conversational elegance in Viscera that brings me so deeply close to a poet who is on top of her craft spilling truths from the mug of shattering heartbreak. —Regie Cabico, Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion and Theater Artist
Felice Belle writes, “but i am an against-the-odds kind of girl” and then admits “i don’t want the preacher / i want the pulpit.” Indeed, these poems—riding the ambitious spirits of Prince, Drake, and Whitman—speak into the soul and inspire us all to stand taller, and braver too, especially in times of distress and heartache. Belle triumphantly reminds herself (and us) that “you were born for such a time as this.” —Faisal Mohyuddin, The Displaced Children of Displaced Children
Felice Belle’s Viscera is map and misdirection, evidence and contradiction, free will and fate at the blackjack table. A celebration of the multitudes without and within. In a world that expects women to take care of everyone else except themselves, and find validation and value in such self-negation, Felice Belle’s Viscera is an unflinching practice and declaration of defining oneself for oneself, with radical acceptance of the great, and challenging, consequences of doing so.
Table of Contents postcard from the moon sunday afternoon in harlem next lifetime this is how they break you nina and frida enter the chat queen’s english the following does not depict any actual person or event baby, it’s cold outside the one with the special guest star exceptions you are here. jay-z and obama make crust from scratch idle worship ne me quitte pas gambling this one goes out to when they reminisce over you art of compromise the one where you have amnesia land of make believe in all honesty the distance between you and me on the midday m-103 i’m only on instagram to follow drake the one where you blow this popsicle stand for the record baptism yours as much as mine rockaway in passing the day prince died we are left with what survives