Los Angeles Review of Books: True Fictionalizations: On Angie Sijun Lou’s “Dark Soil” Anthology

THERE’S A UNIQUE THRILL that comes from being in a place where we know remarkable events occurred, a rush from the sudden marriage of knowledge with the physical world, a feeling of the link between history and the present, mind and matter. The essence of the new anthology Dark Soil: Fictions and Mythographies comes from […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: Company in the Void: On Catherine Barnett’s “Solutions for the Problem of Bodies in Space”

IN THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS to Solutions for the Problem of Bodies in Space (2024), Catherine Barnett writes, “It’s wonderful to be able to thank my students—past, present, future—whom I hope to fail only in the ways a teacher’s limitations are useful, maybe even necessary, to a poet’s true education.” It is here I’d like to confess […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: Bad Dad Jokes: On Lucas Mann’s “Attachments”

ONE OF MY MORE popular tweets fits squarely into the Bad Dad Joke genre. An image from a Dr. Seuss book sees a father sitting in a chair, a glum look on his face. His three children discuss their father’s plight in that familiar singsong cadence: “Dad is sad. Very, very sad. He had a […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: Sluts in Form and Content: A Conversation Between Sarah Yanni and Michelle Tea

“THE UNIVERSE IS low-key slutty all the time,” writes McKenzie Wark in “Here She Comes,” a short prose piece appearing in SLUTS, the new, debut anthology from Michelle Tea’s Dopamine press. With contributions from nearly 40 writers and artists, Tea’s anthology is an ecstatic journey through sex and queerness, youth and discovery. Purposely avoiding categorization […]

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Los Angeles Review of Books: Poet of the Unbearable: On Marie Howe’s “New and Selected Poems”

IN THE SPRING of 2023, I met the poet Marie Howe. I was in my last term at Yale Divinity School, and she was the speaker for a theology and literature series. I’d based my thesis around her Mary Magdalene poems and I was invited to have dinner with her. We walked across the street […]

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