Paperback: 68 pages
Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1/8 inches
Shipping Weight: 3.8 oz.
This is a beautiful collection. Raw, intimate, haunting….this selection of poems by Brian Sonia-Wallace, crafted on demand, speaks of yearning, gut-wrenching solitude, urban anxiety, fleeting love (lost and found), and of life’s many small triumphs.
~ Pauline Adamek, ArtsBeatLA
I Sold These Poems, Now I Want Them Back opens with, “At our best, we are storytellers.” Sure, this is true of poets, but also of the strangers who commissioned Brian Sonia-Wallace to spontaneously combust each brief encounter with RENT into poetry. Is it any wonder that after years of letting the secret desires of others possess him, this poet has crafted a collection that narrates the often word-elusive ache of unspoken longing? The poems are our heaviest ghost lifting as smoke from past fireworks. This book is as personal as it is collective—a feat that only years of being the messenger, a street soothsayer—can manifest.
As a poet, Brian is fearless. He writes like base jumping, like sky-diving, like hurling himself headfirst into the madness of the world. In each of these poems you hold in your hands, he has put the pedal to the metal—without a seat belt—and maniacally found beauty, connection, and truth. Enjoy, dear reader—but maybe wear a seat belt.
~ Bobby Gordon, Co-Founder, Melrose Poetry Bureau
and UCLA Lecturer in Spoken Word