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obscenity for the advancement of poetry
kathryn l. pringle




Omnidawn
2017 • 104 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors / Poetry - Gay & Lesbian

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-042-7



“Through her experimentation with form, Pringle attempts to engage with and interrogate the use of politically charged speech acts to appropriate agency and identity. By... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

A deconstruction of identity and embodiment and a manifesto of becoming

obscenity for the advancement of poetry is both manifesto and tragedy. It carves up the shallow misperceptions of being [queer; female; human; other] and exposes the viscera of perpetual becoming that is who we are and what we mean to each other—as individuals, as citizens, as bodies. Sardonic and sincere, obscenity questions your intentions—and your digressions—and hopes you do, too.

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“Through her experimentation with form, Pringle attempts to engage with and interrogate the use of politically charged speech acts to appropriate agency and identity. By offering the semblance of pristine clauses, Pringle provocatively undermines the implicit logic of grammar, which she sees as a tendency toward master narrative, and the limitations it places upon thinking.”—Publishers Weekly

“Little truth happens.” Little truths happen. Sometimes little beauties happen, too. One name, maybe the best name, for such happenings is poetry, where careful emphasis on the littleness of these truths and beauties, on their fragile particularity, preserves them in musical dispersal so, critically, we can dance. “Each step is carpeted” by hesitation. “Trepidation. Ecstasy.” This is kathryn l. pringle’s vantage and advance. Pierced, piercing, she writes what it feels like “to care about humans.””—Fred Moten, author of The Little Edges



KATHRYN L. PRINGLE is the author of Temper & Felicity Are Lovers (2014), winner of the Besmilir Brigham Award; fault tree (Omnidawn, 2011), winner of the Omindawn 1st/2nd Book award; and RIGHT NEW BIOLOGY (2009) . In 2013, she was awarded a grant from the Fund for Poetry and was also a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Raised in Southern California and schooled in the Bay Area, kathryn now makes her home in Durham, North Carolina.



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