Art by Sanjeevan Tharmaratnam

Birds, LLC is thrilled to announce that we will be publishing Tropical Sacrifice by Lucas de Lima in 2021!

Tropical Sacrifice is a wishbone against a fascist heart/a prophetic, dreamlike narrative based on the spiritual journey of a chicken.

Typically used for sacrificial ritual in Afro-Brazilian religion, the chicken becomes a re-enchantment of the poet's mixed-race ancestry. Her superior vision gives access to genocidal and ecocidal histories, opening an ancestral portal to Indigenous, Afro-diasporic, queer & nonhuman worlds.

From the favela to the Amazon to the astral plane, it is the chicken who escapes the factory farm & sees voices bleeding out of the sky.

*Artwork by Sanjeevan Tharmaratnam

Read excerpts from Tropical Sacrifice here published in Pen America, chosen guest editor Dawn Lundy Martin.

Stay tuned for pre-sale and more information about this book.

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