Poetry: Arco by Faylita Hicks
“In the desert, I am—” Faylita Hicks’ “Arco” gathers the brittle and brine of syllable and vowel to press upon the reader an urgent hunger, her every word a “facility of ghosts, starved for the heated flicks.” Welcome to the burning California desert.
Faylita Hicks’s debut collection, HoodWitch (Acre Books, 2019), has been named a finalist for the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Poetry and the Julie Suk Award. They are the Editor-in-Chief of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review and have received a fellowship from Right of Return USA and the Summer 2020 Residency with Tin House. Their work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Longreads, the Rumpus, the Texas Observer, Texas Monthly, Huffington Post, Slate, and others. A graduate of the Sierra Nevada University MFA Program, they are living in San Marcos, TX, and working on a multi-media project entitled ARCO.