“convulses wildly like an animal that has eaten the poem’s interior and exterior all together with silver. bang bang” (Kim Hyesoon); “‘I make a language out of the bleed-through.’ Göransson sure as fuck does. These poems made me cry. So sad and anxious and genius and glarey bright” (Rebecca Loudon)
Intersex explores gender as it forms in concrete and unavoidable patterns in the material world. In this hybrid-genre memoir, intersexed author Aaron Apps adopts and upends historical descriptors of hermaphroditic bodies such as “freak of nature,” “hybrid,” “imposter,” “sexual pervert,” and “unfortunate monstrosity” in order to trace his own monstrous sex as it perversely intertwines with gender expectations and medical discourse.
Some things we read about people we like: Aaron Apps, Jan Clausen, Arielle Greenberg, Drew Krewer, Rebecca Wolff, Ugly Duckling Presse, et al
Photo-documenting Anderson’s process of revising a work of lyric criticism, “Existing Subscriber” explores the relationship between desire, loss, and the process of composition, through a study of notes, hesitations, web searches, gchats, and rituals as the author revises an essay that resists closure.
[Sonnet] // Panty Sniffing / Pedal Pumping / Ponyplay // Pregnant / Prolapse // Ponytail / Pegging // Piss Drinking // Pakistani / Plumber…
You have to follow the image all the way through in order to have image become the capacity (in you) for prophesy. Sperm and seed abound, capable of being buried. See my follow-through like implanting strings and strands within the impetus of sperm and seed, inside of what writhes between my own legs, what bubbles over from my third eye. See me literally sewing strands and strings in so that I can marionette my own genitals by way of my accurate genders.
“To read this book is to be induced to squat above a sororal cistern in a hiked-up dress. Authoritative, excessive, and grotesque, Joyce destabilizes that trend where people write saccharine shit in technical language, which is something some writers do to endear themselves to readers when they have pissants for feelings” — Elizabeth Mikesch on The Luminol Reels by Laura Ellen Joyce (Calamari Ink 2014)
“Few books evoke place as much as this one evokes the entirety of the natural world. Reading it makes you smell the moss and hear the sucking mud precisely because it is difficult and scattered.” — John Findura on Beast Feast by Cody-Rose Clevidence (Ahsahta Press 2014)
The poems in Laura Sims’s My god is this a man navigate “a dark place in their attempts to speak about the unspeakable” — Lara Mimosa Montes on Laura Sims’s My god is this a man (Fence Books 2014)
From the Introduction: “These poems are based upon change ringing. This is an English method of ringing church bells to produce a rich cascade of sound set in a predetermined series of order….”
She bears her horns and becomes /
like a bright object, made by art. /
And the jewel says: To make /
and: A reminder to keep the law, /
and she performed a rite /
and the jewel said: /
Do, make, do, make, /
And she: Make do, amuletum, /
voices of unknown origin.
The love upon our garden gates / is whereupon gapes gunlight. // The Sussex annex of exploding hearts / in the fort nexus of forever. // They all smile when they say it.
The desire for change—the quest for originality—is empowered by stagnation, by the fear of being fixed within a posture of decline. That other straw men burn before the altar of the idem is not cause enough to join them, to wallow in the comfort of some transcendental plan. For me, there is no promise in the specter of the witness, in being forced to smut the lens that trains upon the page, so much as by a history surrendered to discernment, the bearing of some harborage between…
So much is made of Simone Weil having starved herself to death. The Nazis, you know. I could starve myself to death for a thousand good reasons and none of them would be good reasons after all.
I thought about all the baby had experienced, and concluded that her name should be Amulet baby, since she was strong and mysteriously unharmed by the elements of hunger and sickness. I sang her name a few times: “Amulet baby,” I said, and in my mind retired the name of limp baby, and she smiled at me so that I knew she liked her name.
In 2010, Ching-In Chen asked Jai Arun Ravine to interview Bhanu Kapil for a speculative literature issue for Asian American Poetry and Writing. At the time, Bhanu was in India and unavailable for an interview, so she asked Lucas de Lima to answer Jai’s questions as an interpolate…. In 2013, Bhanu, Lucas and Jai re-convened with Bhanu asking Jai and Lucas questions. The feral appendix they created appears in part two of this piece.
After talking with former prisoners about how beside-the-point their presence in court felt; after being called up and not selected for jury duty; after wondering about the metaphysics of court trials Eireene Nealand wrote to Vanessa Place, a poet and defense appellate attorney, who specializes in sexual offense cases.
“Perhaps I even underestimated the ‘Babyfucker’ by minimizing for myself the antagonism between beauty and monstrosity. Monstrosity can’t be beautified away by skillful prose pirouettes. Beauty doesn’t sublate monstrosity. And today I understand much better those people who find that there’s nothing beautiful there, nothing at all, just a triumph of monstrosity. However: the fact that there were people who read the text in all seriousness as ‘Confessions from the Life of a Pedophile’ — that baffles me to this day.”
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