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ISBN: 978-1-73233-409-0
Categories Chapbooks, Nomadic, Poetry

If the Color Is Fugitive

Publication Date: September 2018


This title is no longer available for purchase through Black Lawrence Press, but it is available from most online book retailers. Better yet, your local bookstore should be able to order a copy for you.

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In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. If the Color Is Fugitive was originally published by Nomadic.

2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist for Transgender Poetry. At the close of the frontier, during a queer elsewhen, If the Color Is Fugitive asks for witness to vagrants searching for landmarks amidst rubble. Peppered with invented idioms and slant colloquialisms, these poems preserve an archive of survival that reads like a folklorist translating from local dialect to earnest exhortation: how to escape with nothing but your name.


In If the Color Is Fugitive, Sara Mithra reaches a hand into the past and pulls it around you like sudden weather. They manifest an American mythos of 19th Century prairie life that is also terribly real, a plainsong of mortality and survival in an immediate, human sense. This small book is brimming with narratives by characters who are literally scratching a living from the earth, and packed with lucid, worldly details that pull us out of our clock-run world. It’s a chorus of diverse and disarming voices, each of which strips away preconception and reveals, reveals, reveals.

—Richard Loranger

What’s the harm in slaughter? America needs / corset stays, parasol handles, sugar, china, fertilizer, buttons, pistol grips.” When you consider what’s happening in the United States right now, and read a story in a poet’s hand like that of Mithra’s, then it is no wonder that ever since colonization, America has unceasingly proven its own damnation. In If the Color Is Fugitive, Mithra brings us within hearing distance of the voices of its survival.

—Megan M. Garr

The poems in If the Color Is Fugitive are a time capsule that contain opposite elements. Intelligent yet folksy, sonically complex, playful and haunted, these snatches of Americana both tease and warn. Take this book in your hand, take the invitation into Mithra’s jerking, measured, heart-rent dance.

—C. Bain

About the Author

© Julian Mithra

Julian Mithra

Julian Mithra hovers between genders and genres, border-mongering and -mongreling. Winner of the 2023 Alcove Chapbook Prize, Promiscuous Ruin (WTAW) twists through labyrinthine deer stalks in the imperiled wilderness of inhibited desire. An experimental archive, Unearthingly (KERNPUNKT, 2022) excavates forgotten spaces. They’re cobbling together a record of trans*masculinity in a speculative Philadelphia, 1829, where natural scientists rival evangelical millenarianists for insight into the sublunary and sublime. In the Bay, they peregrinate from sniffing rocks to folding paper.

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