“These poems do sing: they are candid, grateful for experience itself, and taken up from a mysterious depth.”
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Timothy Liu’s latest book is Luminous Debris: New & Selected Legerdemain (1992-2017). His first book, Vox Angelica, was published by Alice James Books and was awarded the 1992 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, judged by Carolyn Forche. Liu's journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. A reader of occult esoterica, he lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY. www.timothyliu.net
“In Liu’s text the ascent, the ecstatic apprehension of the divine (he is a religious poet, there are no two ways about it, though perhaps there are twenty) can be affected only by a demonic insistence upon abjection, upon the descent. He shrives himself, and his poems show the marks of the lash—they are the lash—and his vision is naturalized to a degree that would astonish his predecessors, that astonishes us. This is a shocking poetry, and the shock is not of recognition, but of estrangement. It makes an unfamiliar claim upon us, the claim of apostasy.”
—Richard Howard, from the forward
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