Julia Bloch Valley Fever

ISBN 13: 9781940090030

Valley Fever

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Poetry. LGBT Studies. "VALLEY FEVER continues the strange, unsettling pilgrimage Julia Bloch began in her first full-length book, the Lambda finalist LETTERS TO KELLY CLARKSON. It's the Central Valley of Steinbeck and Cherrķe Moraga, altered here by Bloch's own quizzical, dreamy, poetic line and her vision of history as the thing that pins us down at all times, even when we feel most free. California landscape infects all who set foot in it: 'Darkening stems / of the lower plants / you'll find me listening / for them to collapse in this heat.' Bloch's 'I' is intrepid, valiant even, but even she quails at the beauty that assails her, at the onset of a 'fever' at once romantic and bleak, 'because most people are not adults.' With her apothegms, her 'place-based lie,' and her subject position (as skeptical as it is warm- hearted), Julia Bloch enacts the restless, guilty implicatee as well as, or better than, any American poet." Kevin Killian

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She is the author most recently of the books VALLEY FEVER (Sidebrow Books, 2015) and LETTERS TO KELLY CLARKSON (Sidebrow Books, 2012), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, as well as the Little Red Leaves chapbook Hollywood Forever. Her poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in Aufgabe, The Volta, Journal of Modern Literature, and elsewhere; she is the recipient of the San Francisco Foundation's Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award and the William Carlos Williams Prize for Poetry. For two years she taught literature at the Bard College MAT program in Delano, California, and now lives in Philadelphia, where she teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and is an editor at Jacket2.

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"Valley Fever manages to infuse its language with political urgency in a manner that maintains subtlety and and avoids preaching. This is important poetry that both entertains and resonates with contemporary culture. I am eager to discover what Bloch will write next." --Becky Peterson, The Rumpus

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