Last Days is a practice of radical imagination for our current political and environmental crises. It excavates the conditions that have brought us here--white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, corporate power, capitalism--and calls ancestors, birds, organizers, and lovers to conjure a new world. It explores how to transform our future to be more beautiful, more just, and more compassionate than we can imagine.
"At a time when we are moving so fast we forget to breathe, Last Days asks us to stop, to think, to see. These poems examine the joy of struggle and the interconnectedness of all things, dissolving the borders between nature and humanity and past and present. To those who have been in the fight a long time, who are tired, who want to rest, and who want to win, these are vital, nourishing, life-giving words." —Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Director of Caring Across Generations
“Featuring a group of charismatic young revolutionaries and their struggle to navigate a post-apocalyptic world, Last Days celebrates hope, resilient joy, and the beauty of human interconnectedness. Beyer writes with the deep tenderness, empathy, and breathtaking lyric clarity that is a hallmark of her work.” —The Lantern Review
“Beyer writes of the importance of reclaiming power ... Last Days is song-filled and feathered; a murmuration; a brilliant manifesto for survival.” —Luisa A. Igloria, RHINO
"With each read, we are taken by this story’s necessary vision of the future and what it reflects of the present. This is more than an apocalypse story—it is composite and collage, a new way of storytelling that blurs all lines between ‘poem’ and ‘prose’ and ‘essay.’ This is unnerving in the way genre-bending work should be. It reflects and refracts the end of the world." —Chris Burke, 2018 BWR Fiction Editor, & Cat Ingrid Leeches, 2018 BWR Editor, on “Last Days, Part 1”, winner of the 2019 Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers from PEN America
Last Days by Tamiko Beyer
Alice James Books 2021