Moving between ever-proliferating expressions of public and private remorse, Cameron Quan Louie’s APOLOGY ENGINE explores moral responsibility, memory, and identity through the fragile, spiraling machinery of the prose poem. Apologies to pets, family members, nations, dissected squids, and famous songs form the circuitry of a collection that asks us to reconsider gendered symbols and aesthetic approaches, as it examines how personal and cultural apologies are interconnected, how they can become tools of control, how they can lose their power to heal, and why we might need to continue making them anyway. What apologies need to be made these days? Who needs to make the apologies, and what happens once they do? APOLOGY ENGINE works its way into the gears of these questions, breaking them apart in the search for an elusive answer.
Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies.
Cameron Quan Louie lives in Tucson, AZ. A graduate of the University of Washington's MFA program, he has also been a Multiplying Mediums Fellow, winner of the 2017 McLeod-Grobe Prize for Poetry, and 2019 grant recipient from the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona for his poetry and photography series, Domestic. His poems, essays, and erasures appear or are forthcoming in jubilat, The Rumpus, Entropy, Quarterly West, Best New Poets, Asian American Writers Workshop, Sonora Review, Salt Hill, Wendy's Subway, The Spectacle, Hobart, The Gravity of the Thing, Pacifica Literary Review, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere.