by Camisha L. Jones
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.