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Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. CAPABLE MONSTERS moves through entries of the pok mon encyclopedia--the Pok dex--as a way to navigate concerns of identity: otherness, what it means to be considered a monster, how we fit into a larger societal ecosystem. To make space for the validity of oft-dismissed subject material, Marlin M. Jenkins asserts the symbolic, thematic, and narrative richness of worlds like the world of Pok mon: his poems use pok mon as a way to explore cataloguing, childhood, race, queerness, violence, and the messiness of being a human in a world of humans.