Person, Perceived Girl, A. A. Vincent


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“‘a body is a verb: closer to a kiss & closer to a reply’ writes A.A. Vincent in a series of poems that explore bodies and their relationship to family, to social groups, and to the universe wherein a queer Black woman with disabilities adopted into a white family must learn the limits of understanding and love. The poems are deep and ask discomforting questions like why ‘so much of the world is in strife with its body & its soul/hiding sickness in its prayers for goodness.’ A marvelous collection for young readers as well as recalcitrant older readers. Lift it up and let it lift you up and change you.”

“In a society defined by binaries, Person, Perceived Girl thankfully exists elsewhere. Vincent’s voice is youthful and wise in its lyrical examination of what it means to exist as ( )—to be simultaneously inside and outside the circles that define our living. The weight of a last name, the real love found in an honest eye, the trouble tethering of colonialism and religion – Person, Perceived Girl considers what defines a person to themselves and to others without bending to the latter will—the poet is too concerned with nurturing their own gardens, capturing the hours you may have missed: “I applaud their leaves for blooming unapologetically / as they unfurl – day by day.” Unapologetically Black, queer, and disabled, this is a poet cognizant of time and resonance. And these poems bear the fruit of that awareness with a disarming intimacy.”




A.A. Vincent is a poet and essayist from Chicago. They received their MFA from the University of San Francisco. Some of their poems have appeared in places like Quiet Lightning, Street Sheet SF, Santa Clara Review, West Trestle Review, and in Write Now! SF Bay, Essential Truths: The Bay Area In Color, with more forthcoming. They are the co-editor of the forthcoming The HerMana Anthology, and are a 2021 Best New Poets Nominee. This is their first book of poetry.