Marisa Silva-Dunbar - "When Goddesses Wake"
Marisa Silva-Dunbar’s poetry collection “When
Goddesses Wake” opens with the line “She arrived just as I was burying myself.”
The she in Silva-Dunbar’s narrative is one of the goddesses of mythology whose
challenges and strengths become archetypes of power and rebirth to women who
awaken themselves to these muses with mystical meanings for our modern lives.
Silva-Dunbar’s poetry applies efflorescent imagery and puissant mythological
paragons to a world of teal bobs, rejections, Jolt Colas, cigarettes, licorice
whips, loneliness and Lana Del Rey.
author of Crow Carriage and many other books
Marisa Silva-Dunbar new poetry collection When
Goddess Awake is an empowering revelation of poems that will stir you senses.
Silva-Dunbar not only speaks to the Goddess, Marisa brings life by awakening
them in such poems as “Xochiquetzal,” my favorite as she writes: “You are
chingona, this will not crush you—It will not bury you.” Heartbreak, loss, pain,
and inner darkness be damned as Marisa’s poems are a force that sends shuddering
jolts of inspiration on every page. Silva-Dunbar not only stimulates the speaker
and the self, but more significantly, sheinspires by enlightening the reader
with these powerful poems. Marisa not only brings such goddesses like Alethia,
Artio and Hathor to life, but the power of this fantastic collection is how each
poem reawakens your inner Goddess by experiencing the mystical brilliance of
Silva-Dunbar’s memorably inspiring verses. Let When Goddesses Wake live por vida
on your bookshelf and reach for Silva-Dunbar’s book for energizing sparks as her
healing poems will definitely make you feel whole and renewed.
- Adrian Ernesto Cepeda