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The poems in this collection wrestle with social habituation and its strident demands on the mind and body, often relaying this struggle through the viewpoint and voice of a robot. Snodgrass, through the use of repetitive language, exploits the electricity of the chant, and the power of the glitch, to shift meaning and its implications….These poems create disruption in the complacent mind and ask the reader to look askew, to look slant, for the truth of how we live. They are a powerful commentary on our modern world. —Karla Van Vliet
A thrilling collaboration by Maureen Seaton, Neil de la Flor, and Kristine Snodgrass!
Storming the genders of Americanismo with crossed fingers and sans rules, these poems contradict the text by adding values and filling out applications. Two voices and three voices are threaded to one and the resulting operatic tool digs up the shades of birds, mathematics, riots, and catastrophe. Experience a disturbing disintegration of authorial identity. Experience that identity reshape and reassemble as an intelligent chimera that stares you in the face with as many faces as you can imagine.
—Natalija Grgorinic & Ognjen Raden
There's such a balmy (and bawdy) vaudevillian tenor in these poems, but without so much politeness, like classic Kinks-the tirade is lyrical, given to everyone with a heart, mind, and soul. Whatever street we walk, apartment we occupy, or flood we wade into, we have seen nearly zero of anything, and the performance bill keeps changing, enough to stop poetry in its gentrifying tracks. Because we are frantic. Because we are lovely and wasted. Because we are scientific and in need. —Joel Craig
From the author of the celebrated novel Pink, which was included in Curve magazine’s top 150 lesbian-written novels, Jennifer Harris’s new book [This is How I Dream It] is a lyrical compilation of stories, poems, and anecdotes that explore and meditate on themes such as love and longing—you know, the easy stuff of life. A very powerful collection."
—Heather Aimee O'Neill
In The Opposite of Work, this very lovely book of poems, Hugh Behm-Steinberg dares to address the themes of divinity in the world, explore everyday and abstract mysticism, and celebrate the body in poems that wash over the reader like healing waterfalls of grace. These pieces have a numinous quality reminiscent of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Indeed, in Hopkin’s memorable image of God in the world, they release the potent charge of Spirit “like shine from shook foil.”
—Charles Kruger, The Rumpus
These poems are fearless in their attempt to salvage and connect the moments when communication lapses into a secret language. Even faced with the possibility of being unable to create a cohesive sense of understanding, the language pushes forward as it accepts any and all outcomes. Spanning considerations of family, gender, and the complexities of travel, this debut collection is shockingly human, and firmly establishesMeagan Lehr as a new, young poet to watch. —Drew Krewer
"When I Am Yes," explores the complexities of love, sexuality, friendship and parenthood with a disarming honesty and intimacy. As with her first book, "A Soft Place to Land," salach often creates overt tension in her poems between the sensate/concrete and the idea/abstract, forcing readers to consider how they align, and what the juxtaposition means…..Perhaps due to her mastery of rhythm and pacing with the spoken word, salach has a knack for using the language on the page to re-present itself — to become the physical embodiment of the idea she is exploring.
—Tom Montgomery Fate, Chicago Tribune
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