Poetry. LGBT Studies. "Both elemental and astronomical, SOLAR is a search for a mechanism to bring us closer to the closer—ultimately finding language to be that mechanism, bringing us to the light of the light and the sun of the sun, which requires a renovation of the idiom. Holden begins reworking it at the level of its "silkstreamingnucleotides" in a vivid, charged vocabulary that overflows the alphabet, dynamically demonstrating that "all geometry flows into music." There's a sharp, new music alive in this book, with harmonies as stunning as they are startling and melodies that not only stay in your mind, but also recalibrate it."—Cole Swensen
Kevin Holden is a poet, translator, and essayist. He is the author of seven books and chapbooks of poetry, including Solar, which won the Fence Modern Poets Prize, Birch, which won the Ahsahta Press Chapbook Award, and Pink Noise, forthcoming from Nightboat Books. His writing has appeared in publications such as Conjunctions, Lana Turner, and The New Yorker, and in anthologies including The Arcadia Project (Ahsahta), If Bees Are Few (University of Minnesota), and Best American Experimental Writing (Omnidawn). His work focuses on queer experience, ethics, and the ecological, and he translates from French, German, and Russian. He is a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.