The Field


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5.5 X 7.0 X 0.3 inches | 0.0 pounds
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About the Author

ROBERT ANDREW PEREZ lives in Berkeley. He is an associate editor for speCt!, a letterpress imprint based out of Oakland, where he also curates readings. He is a recipient of a Lannan prize and a Lambda Literary fellow. Recent work can be found in The Awl, Omniverse, DIAGRAM, and The Laurel Review


The Field by Robert Andrew Perez traces the "I" across a constellation of lyric psychodramas, the voice navigating the traumas of embodiment and the impulses of the out-of body experience. Perez's debut addresses the perils of love in an age of persistent angst, or the virtues of love from a persistently anxious mind.-- "Publishers Weekly" (1/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"Perez plays desire and its contingent emotions--ecstasy, obsession, anxiety--off of one another in this intimate debut collection, a lyrical portrait of 21st-century love, lovers, and loving...The poems address the reader, romantic partners, and the possibilities of telling love stories through poetry's ability to assemble moments of solitude into expanses of vacancy and longing. Some of the book's best lines come when love is displaced from the speaker's mind by distraction, disquiet, or depression."--Sonja James "Publishers Weekly" (1/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)
"As a whole, Robert Andrew Perez's The Field is a dexterous manifesto of a self doing battle with the raw wit of the universe. These are vital poems of peerless originality. Perez's voice is distinctive and true as he leads us to reflect on sexuality, race, and gender in new and uplifting ways."--Sonja James "Journal News" (1/1/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"A country without capital, the field is not a physical place but the gravitational force exerted by relationships. Tragedy and comedy sleep fitfully, side by side, in these poems. Filled with games and riddles, imbued with dream logic, it is a book of erasures and steganography (the hiding of secret messages in ordinary texts) ... the field is a remarkable first book, embracing the lofty & mundane, the holy & the wholly profane..."--NCIBA "Publishers Weekly" (1/1/2017 12:00:00 AM)