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Author: Vi Khi Nao

Vi Khi Nao is the author of six poetry collections: FISH CARCASS (Black Sun Lit, 2022), A Bell Curve Is a Pregnant Straight Line (11:11 Press, 2021), Human Tetris (11:11 Press, 2019), SHEEP MACHINE (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), The Old Philosopher (winner of the Nightboat Prize for 2014), and of the short story collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture (winner of the 2016 FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize) and the novel Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016). Her work includes poetry, fiction, film, and cross-genre collaboration. She was the fall 2019 fellow at the Black Mountain Institute.

Fish Carcass
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Fish Carcass

Black Sun Lit

Blending autobiographical truth with poetic invention, Vi Khi Nao’s Fish Carcass is a pointillist portrait that catalogs a tripartite digestion process of being-in-the-world. Opening with “Victuals,” sensuous delight cedes to the shock of larger-tha...

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Mechanophilia
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Mechanophilia

Anvil Press

Using the numerical structure of pi, MECHANOPHILIA is a collaborative epic by American poet Vi Khi Nao and Canadian poet Sarah Burgoyne (who have never met) that follows the omniscient conversations and complaints of ad hoc biblical characters as th...

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Sheep Machine
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Sheep Machine

Black Sun Lit

SHEEP MACHINE is a textual inscape, a poetically painted nonfictional pasture where mechanical violence and visceral fear coalesce into a kind of science prosody, a post-human panorama whose beauty lies in the ruins of reality it depicts. Influenced...

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Umbilical Hospital
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Umbilical Hospital

1913 Press

Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Film. Art. UMBILICAL HOSPITAL is a poetic ekphrasis of Leslie Thornton's Sheep Machine, part of her Binocular Series. Filmed in Saas-Fee, it shows a flock of sheep grazing next to the structural support of cab...

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