"When I read these poems by Ashley Toliver I feel a constellation has suddenly come clear in the sky. At one corner Keats' bright star shines stedfast over the poet's sweet unrest. At another Zbignew Herbert commands us to 'be vigilant' 'as long as blood turns in the breast your dark star.' And at the third corner—the one that makes this constellation a shape, not merely a line, Toliver gives us her 'hustle star / star in me.'"
Ashley Toliver was born and raised in California. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Quarterly West, Octopus, Caketrain and Third Coast. She earned her MFA from Brown University, and has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She currently lives in Portland, OR.
Hand sewn, letterpressed, 5.25" x 8.5"