Nonstop Godhead by Analicia Sotelo

Winner of the 2016 PSA Chapbook Fellowship

Nonstop Godhead
by Analicia Sotelo, selected by Rigoberto González

Edition: 500 copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson, with covers by Charlotte Flory.


The poems of Nonstop Godhead shape an expansive imaginative landscape that becomes fortified by Sotelo’s use of myth, folklore, art, and personal history.

—Rigoberto González

Analicia Sotelo

Analicia Sotelo is the author of Virgin, the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay for Milkweed Editions, 2018. She is also the author of the chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, selected by Rigoberto González for a 2016 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship. Her poem “I’m Trying to Write a Poem About a Virgin and It’s Awful” was selected for Best New Poets 2015 by Tracy K. Smith. Poems have also appeared in the New Yorker, Boston Review, FIELD, Kenyon Review, New England Review, and The Antioch Review. She is the recipient of the 2016 DISQUIET International Literary Prize, a Canto Mundo fellowship, and scholarships from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and the Image Text Ithaca Symposium. Analicia holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Houston and works at The Black Sheep Agency. She serves as an Adroit Journal Summer Mentor, a committee member of the Poison Pen Reading Series, and on the City of Houston's Millennial Advisory Board.

Long Distance

“Once, when I thought of the moon, I thought
of luminous shelter. Then I flew there and I
wasn’t the only man. Women in yellow tulle were
riding bicycles in the shadow of the sun while
men rode in on tiny, black horses. I hate how
everyone is either a tiny, black horse or a big,
fat gnat, sans purpose. I’ve been reading Fear and
all night and I thought of you,
reading in your room with your parents asleep.
How you’re innocent, so maybe you won’t
believe me, but I did this thing I never should
have done, which was throw the knife at my
father, and I thought you should know. I need
to clarify. There’s more to this world than
movies and orchards. You know what I’m saying. Let
me sing you our song: I like New York in June,
how about you?

All rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of the author.

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