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risk :: nonchalance
Laura Neuman



The Omnidawn Poetry Prize

Omnidawn
2017 • 64 pp. 5 1/2 x 7"
Poetry / Poetry - Gay & Lesbian / Poetry - Love

$11.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-046-5



An ekphrastic series of poems that troubles and illuminates embodiment and encounter

Selected by Hoa Nguyen as winner of the Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Prize

Seeking a trans poetics in encounter’s work, the interlocking poems in risk :: nonchalance ask: what more do you want me to risk for our art practice? Gesture originates in bodies moving — no, citation — no, on the page — no, on the bus. In wacky, asymmetrical scale, embodiment’s impossible questions hang on fragments of schema, meta juice bogs down tiny lines, and line breaks signal perceptual shifts through which individual and collective gestures rotate. This is a break-up book, if what is breaking up is the notion that there is a lover or a reader or a non-essentializing feminism waiting faithfully outside the poem, immune to its machinations. The poems document two dance process the author participated in, in Philadelphia and Toronto, during the spring of 2016.

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“A queer and queered series of love poems, risk :: nonchalance carries forward questions about love, art, and philosophical questioning. Contemplative, roaming, loving, wondering, the poems offer pathways even as it offers contradictions, ‘a map that never stops.’”—Hoa Nguyen



LAURA NEUMAN is the author of Stop the Ocean (2014), and The Busy Life (2012). They live in Philadelphia and teach creative and critical writing and literature, variously, at Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, and The College of New Jersey. The recipient of an award from The Fund for Poetry, they hold an MFA from Bard College Milton Avery School of the Arts, and an MA in poetry from Temple University.



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