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The Drunkards
LM Rivera




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

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



“Rivera distills a poetics of dialogue and conversation in his innovative and thought-provoking debut, a collagelike text richly layered with the remnants of literary history. . . . Rivera’s superbly realized interpretive... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Rivera distills a poetics of dialogue and conversation in his innovative and thought-provoking debut, a collagelike text richly layered with the remnants of literary history. . . . Rivera’s superbly realized interpretive work allows readers to inhabit language in a way that is more inclusive, more just, and more mindful.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The work’s hybridity suggests that responses to art can take many forms that do not always follow the strict, limiting conventions of scholarly exegesis. Rivera cautions readers against “those that domestically wait—signaling out to gather tragedy—disgracing minor observations—fearing the heightened sum.” This, too, operates as ars poetica, as a self-conscious commentary on the work’s place in the fixed stillness of the canon.”—Publishers Weekly

“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.



Tue, 15 May 2018 13:57:43 -0500