These harrowing poems focus on how human connection can both transcend devastation as well as complicate our individual sense of existence. We witness the devastating impact of loss on a group of sisters, while also following the isolate self’s ongoing navigation of an ever-changing world. Through it all, the sisters in Imaginary Royalty live and breathe as one: “None of us is her own grown self now. Re-conjoined, four sisters. The magnetic pull is awful, gravity unbearable, and, oh our bodies are staved. It is the center we seize around, the sister in whom the hole has opened. The cold blows through us all.” (from “A Soul So Watched”)
“Molecule by Molecule” from Imaginary Royalty:
Why should I resume in dreams the childhood I’ve sloughed off incomplete? I speak from a center of a nebula of sisters, though only the cat’s home with me, and she’s hypnotized, she drags her silk length through the weeds in their jam jar till the weeds reach weed heaven, the silk silk heaven. In last night’s dream my sisters and I keep shrieking, There’s too much fish sauce in it! So effervescent we become when someone feeds us, we feel the need to complain and bicker— a reflex like blinking or folding wings, like engaging spinnerets. We’re restless. The garden’s unfolding, in every early bud an earwig waking up. The cat chirrups, a spring ecstatic, with snow crystals still clinging. I shrink to mother’s child in my sleep, forget my children’s mother.
“These poems are completely exquisite—tiny, icy metaphysical bombs. Needle-like. Perfect pitch and perfect precision of the material and the abstract.” — Regan Good
“In the manner that Field follows Mandelstam in the parenthetical aside, ‘I apologize/ for writing this,’ I apologize for loving this exquisite, painful book. Field’s language is as elegant and terrifying as the snow that is its weather, but what glistens here is not mere surface: ‘There’s something moving around under the snow.’ Field, who keens, drifts, echolocates, and feels the chill draft of every single vowel, has a brilliant ear tuned to the frequency of animal lamentation temporarily civilized by song, which is poetry.” — Robyn Schiff
“… Field’s lyrical, personal collection clings to love as the only way ‘To find a stopping place for the endlessly vagrant self.'” — Publishers Weekly