A provocative vision of revolutionary disappointment by queer Latinx poet Kenneth Reveiz.
Straddling the wreckage of late capitalist America, the poems in Kenneth Reveiz’s MOPES arc urgently toward utopia—or at least they do their best. The gorgeous eros of liberated queerness is interrupted, undermined by dystopian American violence; this devastating struggle is brilliantly depicted with a poet’s heart and an activist’s ferocity. Breaking new ground in queer and Latinx writing, MOPES is a provocative vision of revolutionary disappointment, a political coming-of-age story told by an uncompromising and indispensable new voice.
“With unrelenting indignation and remarkable tenderness, Kenneth Reveiz gives voice to the razing of respectability while mending the fissures of a body’s abjection in the totalizing ether of whiteness. . . . . In strains at once breakneck, salacious, mordant, and loudly opposed, Reveiz seeks a poetry tantamount to the ‘most fucking amazing fully distanceless thing’—that is, unapologetic and adequate to the task of the present.” —Roberto Tejada
Poetry. Latinx Studies. LGBTQ+ Studies.
Of Colombian heritage, Kenneth Reveiz was born in Queens, NY. A graduate of Yale and of the California Institute of the Arts, at the age of 27 Kenneth was elected to the City of New Haven Board of Alders, and as the Alder for Ward 14 they helped secure the passage of historic legislation to increase police accountability. MOPES, selected for the Fence Modern Poets Series Prize, is Kenneth's first book.