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Crown Noble, the breathtaking debut by Bianca Phipps, navigates the crossroads of familial ties and forgiveness. Phipps ruminates on the ways we are shaped as humans.
Is it nature or nurture? Is it fate or happenstance? What teaches us to love our generational inheritance, no matter how harmful? Phipps takes us to the most intimate parts of family matters in hopes of understanding conflict as a means of overcoming.
"I’m thankful for the richness of Crown Noble and how eager it is to gently dissect the triumphs, failures, and limits of love, of relationships, and of the self. There is such care in how these poems bend around their subjects, and their witnesses.
– Hanif Abdurraqib, author of The Crown Ain’t Worth Much
Bianca Phipps gives us the gift of her somber & hyperbolic imagination. She brings her heartbreak to life by continuing to build from it. What we get from this collection is her perspective after the climb, the surveying of all she’s gotten away from & everything that’s made her. She writes, “One/day, I’m going to take this wild garden mouth and make it grow something.” What a joy that we get to hold what Bianca has grown."
– Melissa Lozada-Oliva, author of Peluda
"Between Crown Noble’s imagined histories and yearn filled escapes to alternate timelines, Bianca Phipps poems are always tethered to home. The nerve-shaking honesty with which Phipps interrogates the complexity of that tether, ‘with anger, with adoration,’ is what makes this collection a stunning meditation on familial bonds, inheritance, and what we owe to where we come from."
– Kevin Kantor, author of Please Come Off-Book