Poetry. "Timothy Liu is a poet faithful to forms of unruliness; devoted to the unembellished and unabashed. Equally committed to a poetic craft that is capable of rearranging reality from the chaos of desire and its surplus of frustration, in his work to date—now organized into major and minor arcana culled from personal archives of encounter and memory, and from an alertness to world politics and history—he has mastered various kinds of forms into works that are unmistakably his own...Inscribing the illusions and disappointment of personality with human relations as subjected to the dramaturgy of sex and desire, Liu commands that we care insomuch as outrageousness and generosity are finally devotion to 'The things loved least / loved at last.'"—Roberto Tejada from the "Foreword"
Timothy Liu's previous books of poems include Vox Angelica (Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award), Say Goodnight (PEN/Open Book Beyond Margins Award) and Of Thee I Sing (a Publishers Weekly Book-of-the-Year). Translated into over a dozen languages, his poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Paris Review, Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, Virginia Quarterly Review, Washington Post Book World and The Yale Review. His journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. A reader of occult esoterica, he lives in Manhattan and Woodstock, NY.