“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.”
““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
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 Word Laboratories, Mixer Publishing, Concord, and Paw Print Publishing. His most recent work appears in Motionless From The Iron Bridge: A Northwest Anthology of Bridge Poems and his three-poem poster to promote his first collection, Fawn Language is featured in the 25th Anniversary Showcase at Poets House in New York City. He is a member of Red Sofa Poetry Critique Group in Eugene, Oregon and Centrum’s Madrona Writers Group in Port Townsend, Washington. Sam lives in Eugene, Oregon and is a student at Pacific University’s MFA in Writing Program. He works at The Poetry Loft.