If the Color is Fugitive by Sara Mithra

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If the Color is Fugitive by Sara Mithra

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At the close of the frontier, during a queer elsewhen, If the Color Is Fugitive asks for witness to vagrants searching for landmarks amidst rubble. Peppered with invented idioms and slant colloquialisms, these poems preserve an archive of survival that reads like a folklorist translating from local dialect to earnest exhortation: how to escape with nothing but your name. 

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Praise for If the Color Is Fugitive:

“In If the Color Is Fugitive, Sara Mithra reaches a hand into the past and pulls it around you like sudden weather. They manifest an American mythos of 19th-century prairie life that is also terribly real, a plainsong of mortality and survival in an immediate, human sense. This small book is brimming with narratives by characters who are literally scratching a living from the earth, and packed with lucid, worldly details that pull us out of our clock-run world. It’s a chorus of diverse and disarming voices, each of which strips away preconception and reveals, reveals, reveals.”

Richard Loranger, author of Sudden Windows

“The poems have a living, wry attenuation; articles are clipped to make way for phrases; ‘sexy’ accounts for neither female nor seamstress; colloquialism encounters itself, balks, then joins hands.”

Joseph Spece, author of Bad Zoo and editor of Fathom Books

“The poems have a living, wry attenuation; articles are clipped to make way for phrases; ‘sexy’ accounts for neither female nor seamstress; colloquialism encounters itself, balks, then joins hands.”

Joseph Spece, author of Bad Zoo and editor of Fathom Books

“‘What’s the harm in slaughter? America needs / corset stays, parasol handles, sugar, china, fertilizer, buttons, pistol grips.’ When you consider what’s happening in the United States right now, and read a story in a poet’s hand like that of Mithra’s, then it is no wonder that ever since colonization, America has unceasingly proven its own damnation. In If the Color Is Fugitive, Mithra brings us within hearing distance of the voices of its survival.”

Megan M. Garr, author of Terrane, and editor of Versal

“The poems in If the Color Is Fugitive are a time capsule that contain opposite elements. Intelligent yet folksy, sonically complex, playful and haunted, these snatches of Americana both tease and warn. Take this book in your hand, take the invitation into Mithra’s jerking, measured, heart-rent dance.”

C. Bain, author of Debridement

Publication Details

All of our books are printed locally in Oakland, CA. We strongly believe in supporting local publishers and local printers.

September 2018 • 5 x 7 • 34 pp.

$12.00 (unsigned) / $14.00 (signed by author) • Trade Paper

ISBN: 978-1-7323340-9-0

Cover art by Arthur Johnstone

Interior and cover design by J. K. Fowler

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