"Angelo Mao's ABATTOIR is an unnerving yet moving take on the cold-metal safety cabinet of human consciousness, with its five different kind of scissors, in which we are all imprisoned, the experimental subjects of our own destructive and tender syntaxes. The book opens with a series of protocols, then becomes 'fleshed out' with the tissues of embodiment and subjectivity with which the human likes to identify itself. Yet the book is most tender when it is most bare of excuses, performing the courtesy of observing the black pool of a decaying mouse's pupil as it goes so delicately white. I never took such a quiet breath as when I read this book."—Joyelle McSweeney
Angelo Mao is a research scientist. He earned his PhD in bioengineering from Harvard University. His first book, ABATTOIR (Burnside Review, 2021), was selected by Darcie Dennigan as the winner of the 2019 Burnside Review Press Book Award. He was born in California and lives in Massachusetts.
Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA