Flare by Camisha L. Jones

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Camisha Jones‘ Flare is a light splashed across the sky announcing a voice we all need to follow. The poems in this collection offer us the body as a home for joy, desire, pain, but most importantly, the human. Jones’ poems are human poems, bloody and bloody honest in how she cements a poetics of ability and invisible illness, but from that invisible place rises a voice that is very visible, muscular, and definitely here to stay.

– Danez Smith, author of [insert] boy and founding member of The Dark Noise Collective


Jones startlingly beautiful poems have a visceral presence. They remind the reader that the body and mind are not static. While she writes of her own experience, her poems are able to reach into the wider collective. She is honest about the complexity of disability without denying the presence of the “magnificent in its invisible injury.”All beings are “heading straight towards the thing/that will finish us.” It is in this space, this commonality, where empathy resides.

– Jennifer Bartlett, co-editor of Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability and author of Autobiography/Anti-Autobiography


Camisha Jones’ poems, like the body itself, are pleasure, then fire, then hunger. They are dispatches from the intersection of hurting and joy, where disability resides. We are fragile beings, the poet tell us. Yes, we are. But read this stunning first collection and you too will burn and flare – in recognition and in praise.

– Sarah Browning, Executive Director of Split This Rock and author of Killing Summer




by Camisha L. Jones

$14.99, paper

Flare explores the wonder, resilience, and betrayal of the body. Born from the author’s experience with recurrent and escalating hearing loss and chronic pain, this poetry collection unapologetically breaks silence around invisible disability and shows us, even in struggle, there is light to be let in. While delving into topics such as loss, hope, anxiety, and faith, Flare grapples with what it truly means to be capable and to make peace with one’s limitations in a society that equates disability with brokenness.

Camisha L. Jones believes in breaking silences, opposing oppression, and building community through poetry. Her writing is heavily influenced by her experiences with hearing loss and chronic pain, as well as her background leading anti-bias programs, community service initiatives, and arts ministry. Camisha represented Virginia at the 2013 National Poetry Slam with Slam Richmond. Her poems can be found in Beltway Poetry Quarterly, The Deaf Poetry Society, Typo, Rogue Agent, pluck!, Unfolding the Soul of Black Deaf Expressions, and The Quarry, Split This Rock’s social justice poetry database. In 2017, she was awarded a Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship from The Loft Literary Center. She is Managing Director at Split This Rock, a national non-profit that cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change.

4 reviews for Flare by Camisha L. Jones

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Camisha Jones’ raw openness about her challenges in her pain, her adjustments to our society, her struggle to find validation in a world that is still not as accepting of disabilities as we would like to believe, is moving, extraordinary, and inspiring. As a disabled American, I found a reflection of myself and her touching words. But in her pain and openness, I also found determination, and the ability to redefine a new normal and understanding of a new existence. This book is food for the soul.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    I had never heard the truth of my body in words, until Camisha wrote these poems. It is equal parts relief to have a method of helping my loved ones understand, and mourning that such an amazing human has to experience so deep pain

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    These poems are unique: a complex voice that is no less accessible, real, right in the room for its breadth and intricacy. They articulate what may be hard to speak and place the reader breathtakingly in the body of the speaker. These are poems that compel you to listen – and because of the topic of many, this is all the more electrifying. This is truly a poet everyone should hear.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Camisha Jones’ poetic words speak for the silent sufferers, the “invisible” handicapped, but her poetry touches upon everyone’s mortality to say we have choices amidst challenges. Camisha deftly uses personal history to help each of us rise above circumstance. Flare by Camisha Jones is a collection to be read again and again.

    – Patsy Asuncion, Author of Cut on the Bias.

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