It is rare to see contemporary writing so passionately crafted and so hyper-aware of the conventions of poetry, which is precisely what gives this poet license to stray from these very conventions. Here is a body of work at once troublingly beautiful and haunting. Lovers of language will surely swoon.
Maurice Kilwein Guevara's POEMA
is a necessary book for our time. His poems 'howl in the trees' and they are made of the stuff of daily life: 'broken pallets, seeded grass, fingernails, and tamarack needles.' It is through these things that the poet's spirit springs forth, angry and tender, grieving and playful. Guevara has achieved great balance in his poems. POEMA
is the work of a mature and remarkably gifted poet.
—Pablo Medina, author of The Cigar Roller