Kemi Alabi’s work appeared in Apogee Issue 8 alongside another poem of theirs, “Mr. Hotep Says #BlackLivesMatter and He’d Kill a Dyke.” “Catatonia Mercy,” gorgeous with memory, grief, and the necessity of survival, uses lyric language and a driven voice to write through collective trauma—encompassing, in its short prose block, both “the terror” and “greater mercies than this.” We’re so excited to (re)publish this piece as a broadside, as well.
Kemi Alabi was born on a sunday in july. their poems and essays live in boston review, the rumpus, guernica, Catapult, black warrior review, best new poets 2019, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2 and other warm places. their chapbook the Lion Tamer’s Daughter was selected as a boaat press, button poetry, and yesyes books vinyl 45 chapbook prize finalist. based in chicago, they are currently working on their first full-length poetry collection.
Kemi believes in the world-shifting power of words and the radical imaginations of Black queer and trans people. as cultural strategy director of forward together, they build political power with culture workers of color through programs like Echoing Ida, a home for Black women and nonbinary writers, and annual art campaigns like trans day of resilience. the echoing ida collection, co-edited with cynthia r. greenlee and janna zinzi, will be available january 2021 from feminist press.
Proceeds from this broadside will go to Kemi Alabi and to Chicago's Brave Space Alliance. Broadside measures 8.5"x11" and is printed by Radix Media.