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University of Iowa Press
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5.9 X 0.3 X 7.8 inches | 0.25 pounds
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About the Author

Vanessa Roveto is a writer living in the San Fernando Valley. This is her first book.


"bodys is disturbed. Somewhere in its passage from cozy, imaginary singularity--a self-sufficient body, a body politic, a somebody--to the reality of its plural self, Roveto's body of work lands in an in-between, stateless state in language, free and delirious, bound and undisciplined. "I asked to be taken to a rough place," Roveto writes. What else does she ask? "For god's sake, pussy, when did you become conscious?" bodys is a staggeringly audacious wake-up call to the numb soul. Not quite poetry or prose, cultural theory or pseudo-psychoanalytic case study or memoir, not merely a savagely funny satire of "I'm Scared culture" or an erotically desolate musing on the possibility of love or rapture, bodys is a dystopian, dyscombobulating, sonorously dyscordant anatomy of shared dysaster. Its sensibility is ancient and futuristic. There isn't a boring or innocent sentence in the book. It is work of originating genius that puts the verse back in subversive, and bites the reader in the ass like no book I know."--Mark Levine

"In this inventive and arrestingly funny debut, Roveto unequivocally makes the familiar strange as she places human bodies in a seemingly endless array of contexts to produce striking and even disturbing juxtapositions. Through imaginative poems linked by voice and theme, Roveto takes the spectacle of modern consumption and flips it all upside-down."--starred review, Publishers Weekly

--Publishers Weekly
"This stunningly strange debut of poetry, a sequence of oddly off-kilter poems, reads like Mad Libs on acid and will stick to the inside of your skull. A refreshing, disarming collection, which includes the single most exquisite appearances of "jeggings" (leggings resembling jeans) in American poetry to date."--Booklist-- (10/01/2016)