"remember / all humans / are cyborgs / all cyborgs / are sharp shards
of sky / wrapped in meat" -p.69
Franny Choi is a marvel. Lucid and electric, her poems disrupt the boundaries between humans and machines. Cyborgs and drones assert their consciousness and consider: submit or revolt? Contain or explode? How are we all seeking autonomy, intimacy, and life beyond programmed performance? Choi takes on inventive, dazzling forms and renders the age of AI and the raging internet with both violence and tenderness. It's poetry at its most potent; I couldn't put it down.
A Book Riot Top Queer Poetry Collections to Read During National Poetry Month Paris Review Staff Pick A Book Riot Must-Read Poetry Collection Recommended by Buzzfeed News A Rumpus Book Club Pick One of Nylon's Best Books to Read in 2019 One of Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2019 ". . . 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 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.
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.