This week in GalleyCrush, we are thrilled to unveil the cover of Eloisa Amezcua’s second poetry collection, Fighting Is Like a Wife, which is forthcoming from Coffee House Press on April 12, 2022. “The first time I saw the final cover for Fighting Is Like A Wife, I was overwhelmed at how perfectly it captures the tone I’ve aimed for in the poems—haunting, reflective, distorted,” Amezcua told us. “The image is by Tony Salazar, a photographer from my hometown, Phoenix, and comes from a series he did of local boxing gyms. While the book isn’t ‘about’ me, it felt special to have a small piece of where I come from—of the place that made me—be a part of how this book will live in the world.”
Perfect pitch: “In Fighting Is Like a Wife, Eloisa Amezcua uses striking visual poems to reconstruct the love story—and the tragedy—of two-time world boxing champion ‘Schoolboy’ Bobby Chacon and his first wife Valorie Ginn.”
Select preview: “FIGHTING IS LIKE A WIFE // it’s with you / all the time / like a wife / it will know / if you don’t / treat it right / but if you / treat it right / it can be good / like a wife”
Book notes: Paperback, poetry, 128 pages.
Author bio: Eloisa Amezcua is the author of the debut poetry collection From the Inside Quietly (Sundress Publications, 2018). A MacDowell fellow, her poems and translations have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere. She is the founder of Costura Creative.