Poetry. Women's Studies. California Interest. Isabel Bezerra Bal e's debut poetry collection is a terse and ferocious condemnation of a society that would deny the grief of the world. A travelogue told with fury and a confident sexiness, DILUVIUM // A BLUEJAY invites us to journey through the overwhelming landscapes of New Orleans, California, the emotionally-numb virtual life that perpetuates injustice and loss. In Bal e's poetry, the personal is the geological is the social, so that the story of a mother's deteriorating health becomes the point of departure for addressing ecological collapse and the impossible future of late capitalism. Bal e writes, i am / my mother / which is also / death. The force of her poetry will hit like a great wave sweeping you far away.