Army of Lovers
",This experimental work is not for the faint of heart, but it is laced with meditations that will appeal to readers concerned with poetrys role in the world.",--Publishers Weekly",An Army of Lovers explores the liminal spaces where cities and individuals come together and stand apart with strange, brainy grace.",--Michelle Tea, author of Mermaid in Chelsea CreekAn Army of Lovers begins with the story of two poets, Demented Panda and Koki, united in their desire to write politically engaged poetry at a time when poetry seems to have lost its ability to effect social change. Their first project is more than a failure, resulting in a spell that unleashes a torrent of raw sewage and surrealistic embodiments of consumerist excess and black site torture techniques. Subsequent chapters feature an experimental composer (Koki?) and a performance artist (Panda?) whose bodies are literally invaded with the ills of capitalism, manifested through leaking blisters and other maladies, as well as a radical remix of a Raymond Carver story, questioning What We Talk About When We Talk About Poetry. The novel concludes with Panda and Koki returning to the site of their failed collaboration to conjure up a more utopian vision of an army of lovers. Fantastical, lyrical, whimsical and wildly experimental, An Army of Lovers is as serious as it is absurd.
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