P. Scott Cunningham

marlene lopez

P. Scott Cunningham’s poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Harvard ReviewThe AwlPOETRYA Public SpaceRHINOLos Angeles Review of BooksTupelo QuarterlyMonocle, and The Guardian. He lives in Miami, Florida, where he serves as the director of O, Miami and the editor of Jai-Alai Books. His debut collection of poetry, Ya Te Veo (University of Arkansas Press) was a finalist for the 2018 Miller Williams Poetry Prize. Ya Te Veo takes as its title the name of a mythical tree that eats people. Like the branches of that tree, the poems in this book seem to capture and nourish themselves on a diverse cast of would-be passers-by, drawing their life-force from the resulting synthesis of characters. Among the seized are poets and painters alongside musicians from Garth Brooks to Wu-Tang Clan to the composer Morton Feldman, whose mysterious personality serves as a backdrop in many poems for meditations on intimacy, ethics, and anxiety. As the phrase “ya te veo” (“I see you”) implies, this is a book interested in revealing what we think is hidden, in questioning the gap inside all of us, a gap between what we feel and what we say and do, making space for our many contradictions.