These Are Love(d) Letters

Ames Hawkins (Author)
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Wayne State University Press
Publish Date
September 09, 2019
6.9 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.01 pounds
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About the Author

Ames Hawkins is professor of English and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. She is co-host and co-producer of the podcast Masters of Text.


Like many poets and readers of my generation, I value letters as a kind of sacred interstice in which conversation and collaboration become finessed by the gravity of time and the interruption or enabling of the most romantic of government subsidiaries: the post office. It is no small task, but Hawkins acts as a sort of Virgil through the various levels of These are Love(d) Letters-theoretical, figurative, projective, and personal-so that we, as readers, are never left alone with these letters, nor with the question of what they might mean. This guidance, as well as the author's smart vulnerability, is a great generosity and one that threads itself throughout. This book will stay with me for a long time.-- (04/29/2019)
Hybrid, multiform, queer, and truly polyphonic, Ames Hawkins's These are Love(d) Letters recollects her enigmatic gay father through a packet of love letters that he wrote to her mother. Curious bequeathings, the ecology of stamps, and a history of companion texts drawn from a larger literary archive of queer love-making through letters form the backdrop to this book's foremost aim: 'how to transport yourself and others toward bliss.' The combination of Hawkins's lucid prose and Jessica Jacobs's inspired design set a new bar for critical-creative writing and crossover art. An immensely stirring and utterly unpredictable book.-- (04/29/2019)
In a work both academic and intimate, Ames Hawkins charts the materiality of desire in the written word, the body of the letter, and the body of the beloved. Hawkins invites the reader along on a lyric exploration of love, the process of 'mak[ing] sacred what would otherwise be random.'-- (04/29/2019)
Ames Hawkins renders the inheritance of a parent's love letters into a queer palimpsest of legacy, knowledge, and experience. Letters as collections. Letters as raw theory. Letters as family tracings. Letters as identity archive. This book is essay art at its most exquisite, a brilliant new standard for artifact-based nonfiction.-- (04/29/2019)
These are Love(d) Letters is ultimately a refreshing exploration of how those we love help us day by day in the never-ending task of understanding who we are and what we want from life. The book made me think of my beloved father and how his gentle support still helps me to attempt to be a better person every day. This is a chance to finally thank him.-- (02/13/2020)