Shayla Lawson (Poetry) | Portland, OR
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Shayla Lawson’s PANTONE poems first caught my attention when she sent one for inclusion in 111O/6. They are graceful, direct, and have an inventiveness with image and language that I prize. PANTONE will catch you off guard with its gaze: now angular, now playful, now forthright, now reticent. They refuse singularity, in the way a prism does; like a prism, they, too, force us to see how color functions.
In PANTONE, Shayla Lawson is writing Mark Rothko alive. Here is a book that pretends to be small but is, in fact, a cathedral: an infinite room of self and other—a space in which, if you enter it with slow attention, stand quiet and peer, stare into its boxes of color, your soul just might awake.
—Rebecca Gayle Howell
PANTONE‘s dazzling achievement is the vitality Shayla Lawson brings to the spectrum of consciousness, through layerings of cyclonic and riveting imagery and virtuosic word-music her lines bring to life our old tired narratives, giving us new ways to see and perceive the world.