Short Film Starring My Beloved's Red Bronco


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5.3 X 8.3 X 0.5 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

K. Iver is a nonbinary trans poet from Mississippi. Their poems have appeared in or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, BOAAT, Puerto del Sol, Salt Hill, and elsewhere. They have a PhD in poetry from Florida State University. They are the 2021-2022 Ronald Wallace Fellow for Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.


Praise for Short Film Starring My Beloved's Red Bronco "K. Iver's Short Film Starring My Beloved's Red Bronco is a gleaming counter-narrative of gender, place, and class. Framed by grief and longing, the poet's vivid and eclectic imagination sprawls through each poem, wrestling with mortality and ideas of transgression. The versatility of images, and the bright energy that pervades and suffuses this work, is a triumph."--Tyehimba Jess"What happens to our present when we hold ourselves in the past? K. Iver's debut collection, Short Film Starring My Beloved's Red Bronco, is a beautiful and heartbreaking answer. Reading these poems is like watching a dancer analyze their performance repeatedly on a big TV, pausing to circle mistakes with a red marker--'This is where I go wrong'--until the marker coats the entirety of the screen. Grief colors everything--and still Iver fights to bring joy to the surface. You need to read this book; you've been waiting for it your whole life."--Paige Lewis"Short Film Starring My Beloved's Red Bronco is equal parts extended elegy and origin story; in these poems, celebration and lament collide to form a complicated portrait of queer grief and how we survive in the aftermath of loss. Iver refuses to offer up a simple and consumable trans narrative, instead making visible all the pain and joy and mess our lives contain. As much as this collection inhabits the fact of their beloved's death, it also tries to write a future for both of them beyond it--their poetic imagination its own kind of mourning. In poem after poem, Iver insists on the tangibility and persistence of grief. 'I am inconsolable, ' they write. 'Every day a new definition / of inconsolable.'"--torrin a. greathouse"K. Iver's debut poetry collection, Short Film Starring My Beloved's Red Bronco, brought me to my knees: in clumsy prayer, in imperfect grief, in an earnest and stumbling joy. In these stunning poems, Iver animates an imagined world of less pain, more softness, more 'gold hair canopying, ' more 'bodies shucked to bareness.' Our grief as queers has always been collective and deep--and yet we are always finding new ways to hold one another. These poems are what I need and what holds me. This book is what I always needed. Iver's work is a gift I've long begged for, and just now received."--Kayleb Rae Candrilli