Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua
Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua grew up in Glendale, California. Sam has read for Oregon Poetry Association, Windfall Reading Series, Isangmahal Arts Collective, NW Poets Concord, Talking Earth, PoetsWest, Brigadoon Books, Fault Lines and Word Lab in Manila, Philippines. He is published by The Inflectionist Review, Word Laboratories, Mixer, Concord, and Paw Print. He is a member of Red Sofa Poetry Critique Group and Centrum’s Madrona Writers Group in Port Townsend, WA. Sam lives in Eugene, Oregon and is a student at Pacific University’s MFA in Writing program.
AVAILABLE MARCH 2014
six x nine | thirty-eight poems | $16 US / CND
ISBN 13: 9781939678041
Publisher: Tebot Bach
These are poems whose yearning for the beloved’s body take them beyond the body. Like Jack Gilbert before him, Roxas-Chua reaches beyond the imagery and emotions we expect–creating his own universe, logic, and definitions of the beautiful. “When a poem / can’t save you,/ you must drink / all of the winter / wine you’ve saved / in the basement, / and wait/ and wait / and wait…”. This is a striking book of poetry that, while unable to save the beloved, makes several brave attempts at rescue anyway.
Dorianne Laux, Raleigh, NC
“Song is unrest”— Hazel Hall’s observation fits these lyrics of Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua. For unrest is both the motive for song and the tension within the finished poem. This poet explores identity as child, grown man, and citizen. His lyrics hold out to us disruption and discovery, balance and beauty.
Erik Muller, Editor and Publisher of Traprock Books
A consistent, tender and insightful voice.
Toni Hanner, Author of The Ravelling Braid and Gertrude
Selected audio poems from Fawn Language
Sam's Blog | Just Another You
Oregon Poetry Association | Summer 2013 4th Place Winner “Poet’s Choice Award”
Reviews, Articles, Mentions
The Friday Influence | Oregon: Farewell (for now) my new friends
Lotus of Wadi Arts | Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua & John Sibley Williams
Motionless From The Iron Bridge | Anthology of Bridge Poems
Poetry as A Second Language | Workshop
2012 - Early 2013 Readings
Windfall Reading Series | January 2013
Oregon Poerty Association Eugene/Springfield Chapter |Poetry Reading Event