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Some Beheadings
Aditi Machado




Nightboat
2017 • 112 pp. 5 1/2 x 7 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors / Poetry - Asian American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-73-1



“Machado’s steadfast and rigorous debut exists at the intersection of language and place, where thinking takes the shape of a tree or a thicket of... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

A stunning debut collection that examines the geophilosophy of lyric poetry

Here the “beheaded” poet displaces her mind into the landscape, exploring territories as disparate as India’s Western Ghats and the cinematic Mojave Desert, as absurd as insomnia and dream. Some Beheadings asks three questions: “How does thinking happen?” “What does thinking feel like?” “How do I think about the future?” The second question takes primacy over the others, reflecting on what poets and critics have called “the sensuous intellect,” what needs to be felt in language, the contours of questions touched in sound and syntax.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Machado’s steadfast and rigorous debut exists at the intersection of language and place, where thinking takes the shape of a tree or a thicket of “florid logic” that grows and branches in multiple directions at once. . . . The result is a labyrinthine sensorium where thinking about thinking generates ever more pleasures.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“To attempt to deconstruct these poems would be to blow them apart. They are utterly contemporary. They are deeply intimate. They are the lashes of a forest of thought.” —Mary Jo Bang



ADITI MACHADO is an Indian poet. Previous works include Route: Marienbad and her translation of Farid Tali’s Prosopopoeia. She is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver.



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