Green River Valley, Robert Lashley’s third poetry collection, is an unapologetic and harrowing look at gentrification, racism, and personal and collective loss in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. With each poem, Lashley asks readers to bear witness to his lived experiences there and to honor the people, places and memories that shaped him alongside the city we know today. Readers will leave this book asking, how do we build and honor a city’s legacy, and what part did we take in that journey?
A razor-sharp and rhythmic poetry collection centered on place, memory, and culture in Tacoma. Lashley never fails to amaze me with his poetry, and this book lives up to the hype, without a doubt! [Christina]