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Praise for Cells

Though “Healing cannot be / produced by a single / member of the colony” Lucianna Chixaro Ramos’ breathtaking—breath-giving—debut collection offers an effective way forward into the kind of embodied and collective emotional intelligence that brings better health. Quietly revolutionary, nourishingly radical: “If it no longer matters to be / quiet, compliant // then”—this book is for you.
—LAURA MULLEN, author of Complicated Grief

The composer John Cage was famous for saying that art should imitate nature in its manner of operation. Ramos’s Cells questions and complicates that idea, presenting the beehive as a trope for all sorts of thorny constraints and limitations—in the workplace, at national borders, within economic models, in poetic form itself. In our various cells, must we always serve a Queen? Must we forever have a Keeper? If so, how can we break free? This stunning collection urges us to imagine more nourishing forms of life.
—JENA OSMAN, author of Motion Studies

As visual poetry cells, these black/white forms are swerves and holders, counter-page planets. What’s a book of poetry, exactly? Cells never falls into suspect “superorganism” status or becomes its own self-extraction device; rather, it expands into a half-hidden and raging thing called “queen” that’s not quite the poet. Something monstrous called “Keeper”—also not quite the poet. Each, like (text) and (image) here, “selectively permeable.” What a debut. Ouch.
—TERRI WITEK, author of Something’s Missing in the Museum
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Selected Publications

Full Length

Cells. (2023, Burrow Press) Poetry collection.


After the Pause. (2021). Five poems from Cells. (digital publication.)

Review. (2021). Three poems from Cells. (digital publication.)

Always Crashing. (2021). Five poems from The Impossible House. (digital publication.)

Bombay Gin. Issue 45 (2020). Five poems excerpted from An Index of Violence Categorized by Water Body. Print edition.

The Collapsar. (2018). “Runners” (digital publication.)

Anastamos. Issue 3 (2018). “shore to psalm” Anastamos. Issue 3, 2018.

Otoliths. Issue 44 (2017). “when everything is spoiled,” “Life-Cycle (XX),” and “If Only You Understood: a series of technologically mediated translations” (digital publication.)

New South: A Journal of Art + Literature. Vol. 9, No. 1 (2016). “Humaíta” and “Notes to Self.” Print edition.

Flash Fiction

Elsewhere. Issue 15 (2018). "Flashes" (digital publication.)


Nominated for Best of the Net 2021.

Semi-Finalist 2017 Brittany Noakes Poetry Award.