Winner of the 2018 Birdhouse Chapbook Prize

Sylvia Beato's Allegiances is a book of beautiful energy, wide-ranging imagination and deep political commitment.  And most of all Allegiances is a book about loyalty and love.  Beato's poems ask: What is an oath? What is a promise? How do we commit to living in this broken and beautiful world? Through text and image, Beato explores memory, forgetting and the crucial and essential work that language does to save us.

— Nicole Cooley, author of Girl after Girl after Girl and Of Marriage.