The Ways of the Monster


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6.5 X 6.5 X 0.33 inches | 0.0 pounds

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About the Author

Jay Besemer's previous books include Theories of Performance (forthcoming The Lettered Streets Press, 2019), Crybaby City (Spuyten Duyvil), Telephone, Chelate (both Brooklyn Arts Press), and Aster to Daylily (Damask Press). He was a finalist for the 2017 Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. He tweets frequently @divinetailor and can be found at


"This is a text about the problem of being and the problem of matter: what matters, but also how being is matter, and what that feels like, what it can mean. The body is here but in pieces, promises, refusals, apparitions. Sometimes you know it only because it's the thing that shifts. The I and the you can't be trusted to be who they say they are, who you expect them to be. There are bodies, animals, objects, ideas, cities, and spirits, and there's a wetness to everything. It keeps slipping away from you, and delivering you somewhere new, like a river in a dream." -Johanna Hedva, author of On Hell

"Jay Besemer's The Ways of the Monster provides us with poetic phenomenology of the interior and exterior, of minds surveying and essaying the world, embodied consciousnesses moving through and refiguring the surrounding landscapes. The monster here abides in the everyday, contingent, ephemeral, omnipresent: 'Alive, what motion is begun?'"--John Keene, author of Counternarratives