Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. At the height of his powers, Timothy Liu's first book since NEW & SELECTED LEGERDEMAIN 1992-2017 (Barrow Street Press, 2018) explores how the necessities of life and art dovetail to open up a vital path forward at midlife. His twelfth book of poems, LET IT RIDE integrates life's struggles at midlife by way of disintegration. What's left behind are lyrical traces, poetry a gambol, love a gamble, you're either all in or all out. You let it ride, that is, if you've got the guts. And ride he does. These poems argue for a life that is more than amusement—rather, a mythic venture waiting to be embodied, embarked upon. And invariably, it almost never turns out well, not in the long run. But LET IT RIDE show us that, sometimes, if you happen to get lucky, if you have the good fortune to jot a few things down—you just might stand a chance to walk away from the crowded table with shreds of your soul intact.
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Timothy Liu's latest book of poetry is LET IT RIDE (Saturnalia Books, 2019). His previous books include LUMINOUS DEBRIS: NEW & SELECTED LEGERDEMAIN 1992-2017 (Barrow Street Press, 2018), KINGDOM COME: A FANTASIA (Talisman House, Publishers, 2017), DON'T GO BACK TO SLEEP (Saturnalia Books, 2014), POLYTHEOGAMY (Saturnalia Books, 2009), BENDING THE MIND AROUND THE DREAM'S BLOWN FUSE (Talisman House, Publishers, 2009), HARD EVIDENCE (Talisman House, Publishers, 2001), WORD OF MOUTH: AN ANTHOLOGY OF GAY AMERICAN POETRY (Talisman House, Publishers, 2000), SAY GOODNIGHT (Copper Canyon Press, 1998) and BURNT OFFERINGS (Copper Canyon Press, 1995). 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.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA