I AM NOT A WAR (Essay Press)

I AM NOT A WAR by Sophia Terazawa Chapbook (Poetry / Prose)

A winner of the 2015 Essay Press Digital Chapbook Prize, Selected by Rosebud Ben-Oni

"This is absolutely essential reading—and you will need to spend some time with I AM NOT A WAR, revisiting passages from its past pages as you continue, taking in its images both written and visual. In this extraordinary time of dismantling the standards against which we measure socio-historical truth, Terazawa’s I AM NOT A WAR rings true."
          —Rosebud Ben-Oni

"I AM NOT A WAR is a challenging and provocative work, engaging with a post-colonial perspective and taking us beyond many of our safe territories for addressing our shared, complicated histories. This is a highly visual and experimental work in many points. Many of her pieces linger with me."
          —Bryan Thao Worra

I AM NOT A WAR by Sophia Terazawa

"Terazawa's language is often searingly alive, fierce as a slap to the face. [...] Some people have an instinct for poetry, and in Terazawa's work this manifests as a seemingly subconscious tendency to experience psychic events as physical ones. Although she uses some vocabulary from antiracist activist movements, her work is recognizable as poetry from the fact that her words burn like nuclear fire."
          —Jenna Le