Sexting Ghosts


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Unknown Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.27 inches | 0.34 pounds
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About the Author

Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016), and Marys of the Sea (The Operating System, 2017). They are the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). Joanna received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, a managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM, as well as an instructor at Brooklyn Poets. Some of their writing has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, Apogee, Spork, The Feminist Wire, BUST, and elsewhere.


How do you grieve for someone, something still living? How do you grieve the dead without dying yourself? How do you grieve your living self while grieving the ghosts you carry while living? And how, finally, can any of us live in the midst of so much malicious effort to make our lives worthless? Joanna C. Valente's power- ful, precise SEXTING GHOSTS takes risks with form, voice, language and content to show us how. "Describe a usual day / I am shrinking while this tiny ball / grows another liver inside my lungs," Valente says, perhaps in a ghost's voice. Then, we're offered "the hands of two elk-faced / angels spilling medieval suns/ through their mouths as if to sing" us through "original sin, this / loneliness we are all born with." Sometimes, it's as if our ghosts are what keep us alive, ghosts we may not always be able to separate from our angels. Are we home to them, or they our homes after all? "[T]here is no home in america/for us." - Jay Besemer, author of Crybaby City, Chelate, Telephone and The Ways of the Monster