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This book gives us a future that separates and blurs human and metal, love and (dis)obedience, death and choice. Her language breaks into geometric softness as it plays around with formal constraints. Her poems make me curious about what is vegetable, what is time, and what is flesh. Does this life begin in riot? surrender?

Gorgeous linebreaks, sensuality, queer love, and sonnet-prowess. Check out Perihelion: A History of Touch. The narrator asks “[w]ill you turn your palms to the sky? Will you turn your palms to the prayer hunger makes? Will you feed and feed, and lick the bowl clean when we’re both full?” Yes, Yes, Yes and Very happily! 

What a planet we get to roam through these poems. Choi’s poems transform, plead, seduce, and will us into inhabiting alternate, but overlapping universes. We share moons, and get pulled into the tide-like power of her imagination. There is life constantly opening as it celebrates, and questions. Loved being able to walk through Franny Choi's lucent and fierce brain.

— From Young Eun


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A Book Riot Must-Read Poetry Collection

Soft Science explores queer, Asian American femininity. A series of Turing Test-inspired poems grounds its exploration of questions not just of identity, but of consciousness--how to be tender and feeling and still survive a violent world filled with artificial intelligence and automation. We are dropped straight into the tangled intersections of technology, violence, erasure, agency, gender, and loneliness.

"Choi creates an exhilarating matrix of poetry, science, and technology." --Publishers Weekly

"Franny Choi combines technology and poetry to stunning effect." -BUSTLE

"...these beautiful, fractal-like poems are meditations on identity and autonomy and offer consciousness-expanding forays into topics like violence and gender, love and isolation." -NYLON

About the Author

Franny Choi is a writer, performer, and educator. She is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She has been a finalist for multiple national poetry slams, and her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, the New England Review, and elsewhere. She is a Kundiman Fellow, Senior News Editor for Hyphen, co-host of the podcast VS, and member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her second collection, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781938584992
ISBN-10: 1938584996
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 100
Language: English