Set in present-day Southern California, Antidote for Night is a heartbreak lyric, a corrido, a love song to California’s city lights and far-flung outskirts—the San Diego backcountry, the Central Valley, the Inland Empire, and the Mojave Desert. A book of remedies for dire circumstances, rock-bottom realities, and the unrelenting weight of mortality, specifically among young men of color, this collection shows what it takes to see in darkness. Marsha de la O’s voice is a kind of free jazz, musically rich with L.A. noir and the vastness of metropolitan Southern California.
Marsha de la O’s Black Hope won the New Issues Po-etry Prize from the University of Western Michigan and an Editor’s Choice Award. Her work appears in such places as Barrow Street, Passages North, Solo, and Third Coast, and has been widely anthologized. She is the recipient of the 2014 Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Prize, the Ventura Poetry Prize, two cultural arts grants from the City of Ventura, and a Tumblewords Poetry Residency. She currently lives in Ventura, CA, where she publishes the poetry journal Askew with her husband, poet Phil Taggart.