EastOver Press is proud to announce the publication of a collection of poems, Intimacies in Borrowed Light, by Darius Stewart.
Intimacies in Borrowed Light, Stewart’s first book-length collection of poems, brings together poems from his three previous chapbooks—The Terribly Beautiful, Sotto Voce, and The Ghost the Night Becomes—in addition to new poems not collected in those volumes. The result is a book that is more than the sum of its parts, but one that coalesces around themes of love, addiction, violence, sexual identity, and the corporeal body to betray the intimate moments that illuminate, especially, Black gay male experiences.
Jesse Graves, author of Merciful Days and Said-Songs: Essays on Poetry and Place, said of the collection, “The radiant poems in Darius Stewart’s Intimacies in Borrowed Light invite readers into the full and evolving vision of a brilliant young poet as he explores the nuances of his own identity and experiences as a Black and gay artist in urban Appalachia and beyond. We encounter first loves and lost loves, family members struggling to take care of one another, and an emerging writer engaging with timeless works from Magritte and Debussy to Louise Gluck and Jack Gilbert. Those of us who read Darius’s work from the early days have sought these poems out and watched as they became harder and harder to find: to hold them together now in one substantial volume is a joy. The central, intertwining themes of this book are announced right in the title—intimacy and light—and Stewart’s poems make the world feel more closely held and better lit, easier to love and harder to take for granted.”
Donika Kelly, author of The Renunciations, National Book Critics Circle finalist and winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, said, “Darius Stewart’s Intimacies in Borrowed Light thrums with ecstasy and extravagance even as his speaker charts the vagaries of the body, the inevitability of grieving and loss. A finely wrought debut, Intimacies in Borrowed Light heralds Stewart as a bold, emerging voice.”
Stewart is the author of The Ghost the Night Becomes (2014), 2013 winner of the Gertrude Press Poetry Chapbook Competition, and two titles selected for Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Choice Chapbook Series: Sotto Voce (2008) and The Terribly Beautiful (2006). His poetry and creative nonfiction appear or are forthcoming in The Brooklyn Review, Callaloo, Cimarron Review, Fourth Genre, Gargoyle, Meridian, The Potomac Review, Salamander, storySouth, Verse Daily and others. Stewart received an MFA in poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin (2007) and an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa (2020). In 2021, the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame honored him with the inaugural Emerging Writer Award. He is currently a Lulu “Merle” Johnson Doctoral Fellow in English Literary Studies at the University of Iowa, where he lives in Iowa City with his dog, Fry.