Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing

Electric Arches

Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose. Blending stark realism with the fantastical, Ewing takes us from the streets of Chicago to an alien arrival in an unspecified future, deftly navigating boundaries of space, time, and reality with delight and flexibility....

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Electric Arches Reviews

  • Jacob

    "Speak this to yourself

    until you know it is true."

    this book is magic

  •  The Black Geek

    When I first heard about Electric Arches, I looked forward to reading Ewing's book. I had been impressed by Ewing's scholarly research and academic biography. With this said, I was a bit disappointed in this book for the following reasons:

    1) The haphazard organization of the poems made this book difficult to read.

    2) The structure of the poems included awkward and abrupt line breaks .

    3) The collection included "filler" poems that did not connect to the theme of Black girlhood or Black womanhood (

    When I first heard about Electric Arches, I looked forward to reading Ewing's book. I had been impressed by Ewing's scholarly research and academic biography. With this said, I was a bit disappointed in this book for the following reasons:

    1) The haphazard organization of the poems made this book difficult to read.

    2) The structure of the poems included awkward and abrupt line breaks .

    3) The collection included "filler" poems that did not connect to the theme of Black girlhood or Black womanhood (as advertised).

    4) The abstract images did not connect with the poems or theme; the images lacked context.

    5) The poems read like a series of separate journal entries; there was not a coherent narration.

    Overall, I wanted more from this work; I expected more. Although there will always be space for experimental poetry and prose, there still must be consideration for more focused artistry and craft.

  • O'Phylia

    Blending verse with magical realism and a dash of speculative fiction, Ewing's words flow beautifully in a time where ugliness abounds. Electric Arches is what every black girl needs in her arsenal to face a world that hates her virulently. If you read this book, you will feel invincible.

  • Jalynn

    This collection of poems, lyric essays and so on opened up a deeper meaning to shared black experiences, especially as a black woman. It's a work of time travel for me, and disturbing the timeline to go back to a favorite poem space is totally okay here. I'm still floored to have been able to have an ARC of this book, and I hope it really touches other the way it touched me. I also hope that nonblack women find their own sense of comfort and happiness within the pages.

  • Erica

    Everything about this was everything I needed in life, but didn't know. Every word was chosen carefully, and the combination of real life and magic is sincerely beautiful. Multiple times I cried and the poem about Fullerton Ave was amazing. And to the notebook kid, which I've read before to my students, is still SO GOOD.

    If you love chicago, if you love being black, if you love magical realism, if you think you like poetry but aren't sure, this book is for you.

    So basically, for everyone who love

    Everything about this was everything I needed in life, but didn't know. Every word was chosen carefully, and the combination of real life and magic is sincerely beautiful. Multiple times I cried and the poem about Fullerton Ave was amazing. And to the notebook kid, which I've read before to my students, is still SO GOOD.

    If you love chicago, if you love being black, if you love magical realism, if you think you like poetry but aren't sure, this book is for you.

    So basically, for everyone who loves good things.

    I don't what else to say, man, it's just SO GOOD.

  • Lucy

    This came in the mail today, I sat down to look at it and ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting. Eve Ewing's writing is spectacular, the kind of poetry that makes you hold your breath as you read without even realizing it. Please, get this book.

  • Glauber Ribeiro

    I LOVE this book! Except for the part where it made me cry in a crowded cafeteria. That was not cool. It should come with a warning.

    OK, it wasn't crowded. But it was a cafeteria. And i did cry when i read

    . And there's a lot more deadly stuff in there.

    Honestly, buy this book. Give it to your friends and enemies. Then maybe she'll write more.

  • Carol

    There were moments of magic, but too few. There was no discernible theme or context/connection from one work to the next.

    Ewing's prose is lilting and magnificent. I loved, "What I talk about When I Talk About Black Jesus."

    For several poems where the lines were presented in script, they were nigh unto illegible. The font was too small to read, for those poems printed with white font in a black background. The publisher did her no favors by not having a few readers comment specifically on the desi

    There were moments of magic, but too few. There was no discernible theme or context/connection from one work to the next.

    Ewing's prose is lilting and magnificent. I loved, "What I talk about When I Talk About Black Jesus."

    For several poems where the lines were presented in script, they were nigh unto illegible. The font was too small to read, for those poems printed with white font in a black background. The publisher did her no favors by not having a few readers comment specifically on the design/legibility of the ARC, and then fixing it prior to publication.

    I would love to hear Ewing read her work in person.

    I would buy her next book of poems.

  • Dionne

    I'm not sure the last time I read a book that left me feeling so...human. "Electric Arches" reminded me that being Black is to be human in a way that is deeply rooted in the community, the Earth, and the cosmos. I cried multiple times while reading this, mostly because Ewing's writing style is effortlessly moving, but also because the things she talks about are real, and important. I needed this book as much as I can honestly say you, and everyone else, need this book.

  • Janani

    Here for the Chicago nostalgia alone.

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