Poetry. Women's Studies. Taking the form of two long poems, "Interro-Porn" and "Chenille," WOMONSTER explores the often monstrous and buffoonish impossibility of a coherent self, even as its speakers take great pleasure in the performance of selves. Everywhere absorbing and leaking other media, WOMONSTER is a "sloppy" text, at once nauseating and thrilling, psychedelic and domestic.
"Olivia Cronk's WOMONSTER is a performative feat, a book that makes being out of pretending... I was thrilled and moved by this wild book, which moves from an explosive rejection of narrative to the creation of a theater of home, that shabby, beautiful structure built with girly hope, our fortification against loss."—Suzanne Scanlon
"With WOMONSTER, Olivia Cronk shows that we are other people as much as we are our various selves. We are the people who share our lives; we are our loved ones and our aggressors. If this makes us monsters, then everyone's a monster."—Jay Besemer
"Cronk's writing is forensically spooky... We are brought closer to Cronk's territory of occult sadomasochistic desire. WOMONSTER is both a hyper-abject soap opera of beige underwear, dusty crystal, sinks full of bloodied dishes, and a redemptive horror story about the power of becoming the monster."—Laura Ellen Joyce
"Olivia Cronk is one of my favorite US poets over the past 15 years. WOMONSTER is something like Lars Noren's Revolver rewritten with Ouija board."—Johannes Göransson
Olivia Cronk is the author of WOMONSTER (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2020), LOUISE AND LOUISE (The Lettered Streets Press, 2016) and SKIN HORSE (Action Books, 2012). With Philip Sorenson, she edits The Journal Petra.Author City: CHICAGO, IL USA