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Love, sex, obliteration, security, violence, validation, magic circles, compassion, the urge to bite someone soft, and then bloody. This book showcases our wants in kaleidoscope fire. Why do we chase after the things/people/ideas that we do?
My favorite stories:
Night Runner, Scarred, Death Wish, Bad Boy, The Mirror, The Bucket, and the Old Thigh Bone
My ultra favorite story:
Matchbox Sign: The itchiest, strangest, most beautiful tale. Made me feel so much I cried. (and scratched).
Intelligent and wild mixed with so much wild. This book is like the best martini: Boozy with the perfectedest dirty brine.
My copy of Fear & Trembling has writing all over the margins because when I love a book, I can't help but talk back and talk with the author, or the characters. This book turns my brain into sharply, focused hawk eyes. "Every moment of infinity occurs with passion, and no reflection can bring about a movement." (Ah!) This book challenges the notions of paradox, faith, and reason, shining different facets of philosophical questions and layering possible answers, possible avenues of thought. What does it mean to demand absolute love? To hope for two exactly opposite outcomes (both a death and a non-death of the same person), and receive both! WHAT?!? Such clear, clean logic and prose. My heart swoons.
Howdy! Do you live here? [Earth drawing here] Do you hate that 9 million tons of plastic waste end up in the ocean every year? Did you like Marie Kondo's Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up? Want to learn how to 1. RETHINK/Refuse! 2. Reduce 3. Reuse 4. REPAIR 5. Recycle? Do you want beautiful skin? Non-plastic toilet paper? Shia's book is for you! Easy, non-judgy suggestions to begin your journey into earth loving joy.
(Bonus read: Bea Johnson's Zero Waste Home - OG queen of zero waste who got me going on this happy journey)
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.
This is a part of America that feels like another planet. Interstellar holy snake handler and preacher tries to kill his wife. The writing and investigation and stories by the author are hilarious and have a silver bell of truth ringing from beginning to end. Faith as a sting of venom--wow.