Dispatch: Poems


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Persea Books
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5.4 X 7.8 X 0.3 inches | 0.15 pounds
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About the Author

Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of the chapbook TRANSIT (Button Poetry, 2015), and the collection SYMPATHETIC LITTLE MONSTER (Ricochet Editions, 2015), which was named a finalist for the National Poetry Series. He is a Cave Canem Fellow, on staff at Muzzle Magazine, and currently a doctoral candidate in Modern Thought & Literature at Stanford University.


Such profoundly personal narration in debuts has been done--and will be done again--but Awkward-Rich's rawness and dexterity in conveying complex issues push his verse beyond stereotypes.
Weighed down by the 'brutal choreography' of violence against black, queer, and trans bodies, the poet reestablishes buoyancy through will and formidable artistry... in these poems of bracing clarity, national violence is unflinchingly and meaningfully confronted.
Awkward-Rich seeks his own differentiation, recognition, the perhaps impossible goal of feeling truly seen for your whole self.--Stephanie Burt
The poems in Awkward-Rich's second collection speak with poised urgency out of profound, enduring fear imposed by impossibly huge forces... and steady themselves, when steadiness seems possible, on the fact of an undiminishable self beyond language.
Awkward-Rich also grounds and interrogates corporal experience through a variety of poetic forms... [he] imagines building a world inside your body full of the people you love that have been taken from you, the beauty that you can find there.
... Awkward-Rich's terse yet beguiling lyric articulates what it is to inhabit a particular body at a particular time in history, and, in the shadow of violence, to seek--or resist--openness.