Nature Poem

Tommy Pico (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$14.95  $13.75
Publisher
Tin House Books
Publish Date
May 09, 2017
Pages
128
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.5 X 8.9 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781941040638
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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).

Reviews

Pico centers his second book-length poem on the trap of conforming to identity stereotypes as he ponders his reluctance to write about nature as a Native American . . . In making the subliminal overt, Pico reclaims power by calling out microaggressions and drawing attention to himself in the face of oppression.--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Instead of following the conventions of the pastoral tradition, in which nature is revered, Pico adopts a tragicomic view. On the one hand, the land of his native people can be described with great reverence, desert nights that "chill and sparkle and swoon with metal/ lighting up the dark universe." On the other, that same landscape carries and extends legacies of racism and genocide that Pico is determined not to forget.--The San Francisco Chronicle
Pico has pulled me out of a poetry slump. His poems make me want to live with more poetry, to read, write and revel in poetry as a form that does not have to be a container.--Brooklyn Magazine
Few people capture New York, queerness, and the artful use of hashtags in a poem quite like Tommy Pico.--NYLON
A thrilling punk rock epic that is a tour of all we know and can't admit to. Pico is a poet of canny instincts, his lyric is somehow so casual and so so serious at the same time. He is determined to blow your mind apart, and . . . you should let him.--Alexander Chee
Nature Poem is a book about our true nature.--Jericho Brown
Humor lays the groundwork for a hard truth and, for poet Tommy Pico, that hard truth is about living as an indigenous person in occupied America. . . . Pico's poetry builds a contemporary Native American persona, one that occupies multiple spaces simultaneously: New York City, the internet, pop music, and Grindr. It's an identity that's determined to be heard by the culture at large.--The Organist/KCRW