Tommy Pico (Author)

Product Details

$15.95  $14.67
Tin House Books
Publish Date
May 08, 2018
5.8 X 0.2 X 8.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Tommy Teebs Pico was a Queer/Art/Mentors inaugural fellow, a 2013 Lambda Literary fellow in poetry, and has poems in BOMB, Guernica, and the Offing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and with Morgan Parker co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA).


Pico is the master of making the stone stony, of returning the sheer absurdity of being to everything, from grief to intimacy to dating apps to donuts. Junk insists on the urgency of the quotidian, of, to borrow a phrase from Pico, 'vibrant inconsequence.' It's rare to read a book that makes living feel so alive.--Kaveh Akbar, author of CALLING A WOLF A WOLF
Tommy Pico's books are contemporary epics. He writes poetry of rare brilliance, assured in form and forceful in its interrogation of myth and cultural expectations and self.--Whiting Award Committee
Build[s] into an apocalyptic crescendo via Pico's propulsive fervor . . . Pico demonstrates that a person's many selves, traumas, anxieties, hookups, and breakups can become a marker of courage and survival.--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
[Tommy Pico] writes poems that are complex yet accessible, that sound like 2018 but that have staying power long past it, in the same way that O'Hara's poems resonate long past their midcentury milieu. . . . Through Pico's lens, nothing is not worth our attention.--Los Angeles Review of Books
[Pico] weaves pop culture and slang throughout his deep-rooted criticisms of US history and culture, wooing readers into a comfortable, if brief, moment of familiarity (see: Janet Jackson lyrics) so that the swift pivot to violence and heartache hits like a gut punch.--BuzzFeed
A mash-up of humor, cutting-edge language, and shattered stereotypes, Pico's work paints a whole new portrait of queer identity . . . Truly incredible.--PrideLife
Junk is a true American odyssey, complete with a reluctant hero who defies all odds to survive. Repulsed by the trashiness of empire, the violence of occupation, this book nonetheless searches in earnest for real tenderness, a romance that isn't corny. . . . This is poetry of the highest order, on the level of a pop song, with the crystalline visions of a seer. I consumed it greedily, repeatedly, and am forever changed because of it.--Jenny Zhang, author of SOUR HEART