The Stars With You by Stefani Cox
Paperback, 36 pages
First Edition, 2022
$9.00 + t/s/h
"She didn't choose her garden" opens this chapbook exploring Black womanhood, mental and physical health, spirituality, and ancestral roots. It is an investigation of how to locate a self amidst complex racial history and how to forge an authentic way forward. There's internal slippage as the subject weaves between the presence and spirits of others, as well as a reckoning with the toll of navigating this world as a Black woman. Yet, we also see hopefulness: a refuge in becoming part of the collective, beyond individuality. The Stars With You gives us a speculative yearning for what is to come and probes what is required to reach it.
Stefani Cox is a poet and writer with an MFA from UC Riverside. Her work has been published in The Rumpus, LeVar Burton Reads, and Lost Balloon, among other outlets. Stefani has received fellowships to Hedgebrook, Tin House, Yefe Nof, and VONA. She has also served as an editor for Santa Ana River Review, Speculative City, and PodCastle magazines. Stefani lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a grumpy but lovable senior Chiweenie.