Local writer, Stephanie Adams-Santos, pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her recent title Swarm Queen’s Crown.
Adams-Santos is paired with Soft Turning by Bonnie Bronson; found in the Northwest Art, floor 3, gallery 303. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.
In Swarm Queen’s Crown, Adams-Santos deals majorly with self’s inherent Otherness. We are spun, Adams-Santos says, ‘in the veiled gore / of becoming.’ This ‘becoming’ seeks to know the creaturely, the animal; and to examine the loss and estrangement of being human alongside our abiding capacity to love. The poems wield a sacerdotal power that thwarts simple rational approach; Swarm Queen’s Crown is the longbook debut of a contemporary mystic.