Poetry. In her first full-length collection, Sophia Dahlin fashions a dazzling array of queer pastoral lyrics as a means to interrogate received notions of the romantic sublime. By turns funny, passionate, and erotic, the poems of NATCH express an intensity of longing and desire, a poetics of queer bodies narrated with a stunningly assured voice, compounded of bravado and vulnerability. NATCH, as Dahlin herself writes, "is about feeling taking over the body's functioning, desiring leading you past deciding. This book is about trusting and mistrusting certain parts of the body, so the body is parts, each part with its own dynamism. It's about being so lustful that you are not dead when you have finished dying."
"Reading Sophia Dahlin's poems is like tasting bubblegum for the first time. The thinking is thrillingly unforeseeable, the turns of phrase are addictively unique, and the poems as wholes will leave most of the other things you read tasting awfully bland by comparison. This is poetry written at the pitch of a brilliant mind, expressed with rare lucidity."—Kit Schluter
Sophia Dahlin earned her BA from Bard College and her MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. Her work has appeared in many journals, including BOMB, Fence, Lambda Literary, Denver Quarterly, and The Recluse. With Jacob Kahn, she edits the chapbook press Eyelet. She lives in Oakland, California, where she teaches with California Poets in the Schools, conducts generative writing workshops, and hosts readings.Author City: OAKLAND, CA USA