Published January 21, 2020
Game Over Books
Cover by Ari Brielle
After ten years of performing her spoken word poetry, Ariana Brown gathers her favorite poems to return to in her chapbook Sana Sana. With a tender and critical voice, she explores Black girlhood, the possibilities of queerness, finding your people, and trying to survive capitalism. All are explored as acts of different kinds of love—for self, for lovers, for family, for community. Brown’s collection refuses singularity, insisting on the specificity of her own life and studies. As she writes toward her own healing, Brown asks readers to participate in the ceremony by serving as witnesses. Sana Sana, colita de rana, si no sana hoy, sana en la mañana.
"Brown’s collection, Sana Sana, is simultaneously revelatory and familiar; like its title, the poems within aim their gaze towards healing but not healing in a conciliatory way; here Brown looks to heal by swishing a finger through the wound and holding the blood up to the light. Which is to say, Brown's writing is for the ache, for the scab, for the scar, and the ghost pain, 'It takes love to name the damage /on one’s own body.' And this is a collection about naming, about forgiving, about the music of memory and the invention of self and history in order to survive."
"I belong in my community: a conversation with Ariana Brown," The Adroit Journal
"Language is belonging: a review of Ariana Brown's Sana Sana," Hellebore Press
"Required Reading: Sana Sana by Ariana Brown," Broad Recognition