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The Firetalker’s Daughter

The Firetalker’s Daughter

By Regina YC Garcia Publisher: Finishing Line PressISBN: 979-8-88838-188-5Genre: Poetry Price: 15.99 (Paperback) 25.99 (Hardback)

The Firetalker’s Daughter honors the power of mother’s love and tender teaching, the value of ancestral gifting and wisdom, the necessity of mourning for movement, and the audacity to hope and act for a more just future. Spun along a motif of fire, these poems carry searing incantations that evoke an awareness of the relevance of the literal, figurative, and spiritual fires that breathe down lines and throughout time.

Regina Yvette Carter Garcia is a DAR American Heritage Award-Winning Poet, Language Artist, and English Professor. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Speech Communication with a Concentration in the Oral Interpretation of Literature, as well as East Carolina University where she received an MAEd with a Graduate Certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literature. Her work appears in the South Florida Poetry Journal, Up the Staircase Quarterly, The AutoEthnographer, The Amistad, Main Street Rag, New Note Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in an Emmy winning episode of Muse, as well as in the 2022 Sacred 9 Project of Tulane University. Her book The Firetalker’s Daughter from Finishing Line Press was released in March 2023. Learn more about her here.


The Firetalker’s Daughter is an offering, incantation, and invocation that taps into the power physically or metaphorically of fire. Through expressions of the inner self, Regina YC Garcia’s poems tap into the questions of reconciling fearsome nature with goodness and peacefulness as seen through this divine elemental creation.

Scorching imagery and passion create wisps of smoke. Smoldering narratives become lightning bolts and poetic kindling igniting substantive undergrowth for a brighter day. The Firetalker’s Daughter invites the blaze that always illuminates the before time of far tomorrows.

–Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina Poet Laureate

Spiritual incantation and unspoken ancestral magic singed and sparked my heart, as I moved through the language and gospel of Regina YC Garcia‘s debut collection The Firetalker’s Daughter. Charting a path through her lineage of healers and those who could “talk the fire” out of burns and wounds, the gift passed over her, she burns her own powerful impressions of Black Light onto the breaking world, like an ancestor alive and witnessing. “I cannot talk the fire / Yet, I am Fire… Truth / My ancient magic renders demons cold.” Garcia takes the reader into the depths of self, motherhood, social justice cries, the erasure of Black history by the fires of an all-consuming whiteness, mourning a lost daughter in Breonna Taylor, and yet, carrying an unwavering hope in “the rise of indomitable spirits from the embers.” The seeds of generations are scattered in these blazing words, torched open. These poems— a phoenix rising from, all around us, a world of ash.

–Kai Coggin, author of Mining for Stardust, Incandescent, and Wingspan