SamiyabashirRedBone Press is celebrating the release of its newest title, Where the Apple Falls“Of all the poems in Where the Apple Falls, not a one is overwrought, pretentious or half-stepping. Each is stunning, smart and real. To read this book is to eat an extraordinary fruit, licking its juices all the way,” says Cheryl Clarke, author of Living as a Lesbian.

“[Bashir’s] writing is precise with rage, intelligence, and tenderness shimmering through,” says Amanda Davis in the July 2005 issue of Girlfriends magazine. “Bashir zooms in on exquisite details—from childhood rituals to her lover’s lips—then her topics explode outward as she grapples with war, violence against women, and the legacy of slavery.”

Acclaimed poet Elizabeth Alexander says, “Samiya Bashir writes bravely and beautifully from the inside out. We are fortunate to have her blazing, graceful poems in this fine first collection.” Where the Apple Falls resides at the intersections between woman and female—both human and environmental—and the concepts to which she is often linked (without her consent): death, rebirth, victim, sexual/perverse. The poems highlight the resilience of strength. Even strength denied does not die; instead, it continues to grow in power, waiting for its calling.

You can find Where the Apple Falls @ Matais Books Cards Art, 3202 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90803. 562-434-1180. Online: