Romaine Washington's poems in Purgatory Has an Address smolder with unpretty claws and an emptiness that seeks belonging. These poems grab you by the throat with just enough room to breathe as they spill out the door.
-- Cindy Rinne, author of silence between drumbeats
Purgatory Has an Address is a poetry collection abundant with magic, manifestation, and mediation despite these bleakest of times. Let this collection be a reminder to anyone who needs it, that they, too, are a poem.
-- Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo,
author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge
Mother. Daughter. Daddy. Child. Each one of these poems explores the topography of family history and family pain with a sense of ferocity that eats the reader alive. The sun glares without warmth and black boxes drift through desert landscapes as Washington tears through the emotional terrain of violence intermixed with tenderness and longing.
--Nikia Chaney, Literary Laureate, author of us mouth
Purgatory Has an Address is an ode to the poetry of place and how this poetry weaves itself into the heart of the people who are both inhabitants and the place itself. Because of Washington's incredible use of language, images and surprise, by the end, it is as if there is no way to exist without poetry at all.
--Allyson Jeffredo, author of Songs After Memory Fractures
[Like] Lucille Clifton... Romaine's lyrical voice unmasks the hard truths of our human condition, particularly the oppression of women, through her unique use of diction, syntax, and extraordinary imagery, which engages the intellect and speaks to the soul of her readers.
- Dr. Catherine Humphrey, IAWP UCR Fellow
Romaine Washington's poetry is filled with images that are hot and cold, soft and hard. She pulls readers into her work with passion and determination as she draws on nature to illustrate her themes. Once we are in, we do not want to leave her poetic realm. Dr. Beverly V. Head, author of Walking North
Romaine Washington is a poet for our times. Her words evoke images that will linger in our minds long after the reading is done. Her poems are defibrillators of the soul - resuscitating our hearts to a world yearning for freedom. - Ewuare S. Osayande, Editor Stand Our Ground Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander
Like an ocean's shifting water, Romaine's poetry gently laps at your psyche before bursting into strong waves... Her stylishly clever way with words, rich in imagery, transforms common life setting into unique scenarios that promise to never fade. - Yayoi L. Winfrey, Editor/Publisher, Brothers and Other: An anthology of Black women writing about Black men.