About the Chapbook…
“These poems – each fiercely personal in their exploration of what it’s like to be trapped on earth, at home, between freeways, beneath student loans, within oneself – are lyrical pinpricks that etch their way toward some better place, a starlit space, which might not be so out of reach after all.”
–Cristina Fríes, 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers Winner
When you get here is a collection of poems about what it means to search for home in the liminal spaces of life. In 2014, under the mentorship of Joe Wenderoth at UC Davis, Akira began to chronicle her feelings of alienation and unsettle in her own skin. Between constant driving on highways, lack of confidence in space and identity on earth, and depression, Akira recorded her journey to find home with subtle, poetic uncertainty. She pays homage to the endless state of California, and her hometown, Long Beach.