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The Drunkards
LM Rivera

Publication date: April 3, 2018



Omnidawn
2018 • 144 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-054-0



Poems that unfold an interiority in which the self’s unspecialness is allowed to touch the sublime

When Duchamp's Bride Stripped Bare was shattered/damaged/transformed upon being relocated to the Brooklyn Museum, through this violent act, this accidental fracture, a new manifestation of the medium was born. So too in LM Rivera’s The Drunkards is there violence against the body, not in and of itself, but the body as symbolic mover; and in the interplay between intoxication and violence, in being intoxicated on one’s own violence, so too do violence and transformation become habituated in art. This intoxicated personhood transcends the divisions of the biological self, elevating consciousness to the selfless space of The Book, a constantly unfolding interiority in which the self’s unspecialness is allowed to touch the sublime.

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“The Drunkards fixes stillness in light-dunked ecstasy. Anxiety-pumped and ghost-voiced, LM Rivera urgently rolls out a new plan for language. The results are unsettling and poignant.”—Avital Ronell



LM RIVERA lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He co-edits Called Back Books with his partner, poet Sharon Zetter. His work has appeared in Upstairs at Duroc, Alien Mouth, FUZZ, Mannequin Haus, Prelude, Dream Pop Press, and elsewhere. He has published a chapbook, The Little Legacies. This is his first full-length book.



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