The River Will Save Us (Kelsay Books, 2018) is Simone’s debut full-length poetry collection. Previous chapbook publications include Archeology (Flutter Press, 2014), Cow Tippers (Shadow Ink, 2006), and a children’s book, Moon: A Poem (Richard C. Owen Publishing, 2002). Simone’s work was selected for inclusion in San Antonio’s Thirty Poems for the Tricentennial: A Poetic Legacy, as well as in Poet Laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero’s signature “Love Poems to San Antonio” exhibit (2016), Bearing the Mask: Southwest Persona Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2016), and on public buses in San Antonio and Norwalk, CT.
About The River Will Save Us:
Every life crosses waters—oceans, rivers, floods—that simultaneously challenge and uphold. The River Will Save Us follows those who ride waves into a new country. Whether the subject is ancestors and migrants, or birds and flowers, The River Will Save Us explores how new landscapes can transform feelings of displacement into self-discovery.
Inspired by political questions around immigration, The River Will Save Us taps into the author’s own recent arrival in south Texas. The work dissects what is lost and gained in compelling narratives ranging from the poet’s Italian immigrant grandparents to San Antonio’s turn-of-the-century Jingu dynasty. Divided into three distinct sections, the book deftly contrasts traditional lyric narrative against jewel-like haiku.