Poetry. "'The exhausted object have no body of work," says one poem in Kimberly Alidio's AFTER PROJECTS THE RESOUND. But that's just surface. Ever lurking and in ALL CAPS even are potential poems that would affirm, 'LOL AGENCY AND THE COURAGE TO SPEAK.' From the 'howling on YouTube' to 'Igorots at St. Louis' to the 'new sardonic' to 'a heart hit twice by shrapnel,' the poems skitter over, infiltrate, radiate, revolt from, and apply 'karaoke studies' to interrogate both history and contemporary culture, especially cracks and what lurks within them. These poems are attuned to as many zeitgeists as reveal themselves. From Alidio's dissecting eyes and focused hands—the 'I [who] can sense the space around objects in the room because I'm often unnoticed'—the Filipino trait of Kapwa (interconnectedness) enables poems to arise and they bespeak: 'This is exactly what gentleness is // dragging everything up whole—.'" —Eileen R. Tabios
"The structure of this book and its embedded themes are angled through Alidio's queer, Filipina perspective; while elevated through the nature of the found language of the project, her clear and independent voice—whether tackling expression of a corruptively perceived identity, longing for the presence in the everyday of intimacy, understanding intention in today's landscape of technology, or appreciating the struggle of objectification through narrative—offers an extraordinary sensibility in a world of chaos."—Greg Bem, Rain Taxi
Kimberly Alidio is the author of WHY LETTER ELLIPSES (selva oscura press, 2020), : ONCE TEETH BONES CORAL : (Belladonna*, 2020), a cell of falls (Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs), AFTER PROJECTS THE RESOUND (Black Radish, 2016), and solitude being alien (dancing girl press). Her prose on poetics, memory, historiography, and post-colonialism has appeared or will appear in Harriet, Woodland Pattern Blog, Poetry Northwest, Social Text, American Quarterly, and the essay collection, Filipino Studies: Palimpsests of Nation and Diaspora. Her poems have been collected (or are forthcoming) in the anthologies Q&A 2.0: Queer & Asian, I Scream Social: A Feminist Anthology, Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene, and Puñeta: Pilipinx Political Poetry. An excerpt from her new manuscript, AMBIENT MOM, was selected as a finalist in the 2020 BOMB Poetry Contest. She has received grants and fellowships from the Center for Art and Thought, Kundiman, Philippine American Writers and Artists, VONA/ Voices, the Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education, and the Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship from Naropa University's Summer Writing Program. She was an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas, a postdoctoral fellow in Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, and a history teacher at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. She is a MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Arizona and holds a PhD in History from the University of Michigan. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, on the ancestral lands of Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui peoples, with her partner, the poet Stacy Szymaszek.
Author City: Tucson, TX USA