BENDING THE MIND AROUND THE DREAM'S BLOWN FUSE

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Poetry. Asian American Studies. "Timothy Liu is too often reduced to being a poet of sexual audacity. He is audacious, but perhaps in his baroque architecture, his fluency, his intricacy, and his unwillingness to reduce himself by dogma or theory or design. I love his growing, growling work, and his violent soft hints about the whole body politic in progressive zooms. But the permanent, complicated delight is Liu's poetry itself: uncontrollable melancholy and music"--David Shapiro. Timothy Liu is the other of seven other books of poetry, most recently POLYTHEOGAMY, also available from SPD. His poems have been translated into nine languages, and his papers and journals are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. He lives in Manhattan.

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TIMOTHY LIU is the author of nine books of poems, including Of Thee I Sing, VOX ANGELICA (Alice James Books, 1992) and POLYTHEOGAMY (Saturnalia Books, 2009) an artistic collaboration. Translated into many languages, his works are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. A professor of English at William Paterson University, Liu makes his home in Manhattan with his husband.

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Known since the 1990s for his harsh blend of gay eroticism and visionary fervor, Liu (Of Thee I Sing) continues to pursue his high ambitions, from Whitmanesque odes to American jeremiads. This seventh book begins in a scarred and threatening America: two boys hustling// in Union Square are Clubbed to death/ by a sack of rocks; the southwestern desert shows only Topographies of tumbleweed snagged on rusted barbs. Yet it soon veers into apparently autobiographical material, its language quieter and more reportorial, its landscapes much friendlier and mostly European—Athens, Rhodes, Edinburgh, Paris. (Most of the middle of the book describes an apparently fruitless search for a lover who disappeared in Greece.) Liu's philosophical dealings with his own intensely chronicled frustration, and his tense stanzas, recall Frank Bidart, but his vibrant scenes might just as well please admirers of Philip Levine. These lyrics chase and capture insatiable desire, adrift in a sad and hostile world, with the heart's purloined/ hermeneutics locked inside a box. A poem called simply Bittersweet begins: Nothing made you disappear// faster than when I asked/ just what was going on// between us. (Jan.)
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