Monsters I Have Been

Monsters I Have Been

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Kenji C. Liu

“Kenji C. Liu’s Monsters I Have Been writhes knotty tentacles through textual boneyards, disturbing screenplays, theoretical works, and literatures in their coffined-off sleeps. What it draws back are parts through which the poet might, as Lucille Clifton wrote, make up ‘a kind of life’ in the global slaughterhouse of heteropatriarchy and racism. Sharp, protean, dexterous, and discontent—Liu’s collection shows where the bodies have been buried, and that many won’t stay dead. No doubt, this book is alive as all hell.”
Douglas Kearney

April 2019
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9781938584985

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Kenji C. Liu (劉謙司) is the author of Map of an Onion, national winner of the 2015 Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. His poetry is in American Poetry ReviewAction Yes!ApogeeBarrow StreetThe Feminist WireThe ProgressiveThe RumpusThe VoltaSplit This Rock’s poem of the week series, several anthologies, and two chapbooks, Craters: A Field Guide (2017) and You Left Without Your Shoes (2009). A Kundiman fellow and an alumnus of VONA/Voices, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and the Community of Writers, he lives in Los Angeles.

 
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“Yes. Kenji Liu has a solution. Or a dis-solution. His poems do. Are proposing to: infiltrate then shock then dismantle then plunder the careening, overspreading bodies of capitalist extremism and inhuman monstrosity, in order to redistribute the wreckage, in order to (in his words) grow a monster of compassion and ferocity. Liu’s virtuosic mind is so inside outside and out ahead, so precisely compassionate and ferocious. Because he has, in the laboratory that is Monsters I Have Been, already started.”
—Brandon Shimoda

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