Raya's new chapbook, apocalypse blues, encounters a speaker looking over a dreary horizon and asks, "What now?" This piece draws on T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land," Danez Smith's Don't Call Us Dead, and Franny Choi's Soft Science.
Plan B Press. 2022.
“Living on the 'threshold of the apocalypse,' Tuffaha spell-bindingly combines legends and the intimate image, collapsing the distance between dread and hope, the personal and myth. Tuffaha grasps for an emergent imagination greater than hope, the certainty that we can mend the fractured world we are damned to inherit."
- Azura Mizan Tyabji
Dear Azula I Have a Crush on Danny Phantom
“apocalypse blues is a whimsical unraveling of what it means to grow comfortable with yourself. Raya playfully weaves storytelling and prose as she navigates the most human experiences; loneliness, loss of personhood, grief, and anger, as each turn of the page sparks an ember guiding us closer to the home within ourselves. These poems are truly the beginning moments of sustenance in the healing process for any person that has been torn down, left hopeless, and abandoned. May these poems be your break of sunshine that restores your faith as it did mine.”
- Bitaniya Giday
Seattle Youth Poet Laureate 2020-2021, Motherland
apocalypse blues now streaming!
Raya adapted her chapbook's titular poem into a blues song in collaboration with WGC, Zivia Lichtenberg and Pablo Famodou.
Arrangement, music & vocals: WGC
Lyrics & vocals: Raya Tuffaha
Mixing & guitar: Zivia Lichtenberg
Bass: Pablo Famodou
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