The debut collection from multi-disciplinary artist, writer, and spoken word artist Shay Alexi.
In their first full-length collection, Shay Alexi dreams of a future that wants us back. UNBRIDLED grapples with freedom under the confines of shame, capitalism, and mental illness. Vacillating between poetry and lyrical essay, unbridled is an invitation to pursue a new world within our brains, bodies, and broader communities.
"A triumphant voyage through the cosmos of the mental health illness, sexuality and girlhood. Electric prose and poems combine to create a dynamic tapestry that will stay with you long beyond the final page; unbridled is quite simply, breathtaking." —Lily Bailey, author of Because We Are Bad
"Throughout, each poem is an equation; each word is its own special. Alexi is a witch doctor with a skilled perspective to heal or cast spells —oftentimes you are unsure if the author is warning you or calling you in. Either way, unbridled is prime time for unhinged blooming." —Ebony Stewart, author of Bloodfresh
"Alexi's poetic voice throughout this collection is feminine, strange, and arresting, as recognizable as it is original. A must-have for any fan of Shay Alexi's work." —Clementine von Radics, author of In a Dream You Saw a Way to Survive
Poetry. Essay. LGBTQ+ Studies. Women's Studies.
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Shay Alexi (they/them) is a multi-disciplinary artist and writer living on unceded Muscogee Creek land in Atlanta, GA. They are the author of Diary of a Ghost Girl (Glass Poetry Press), and their work has been featured in The Rumpus, Apogee, WUSSY, and Homology Lit, amongst others. Videos of Shay's spoken word performances have garnered over 280,000 online views. Shay is a freelance illustrator and communications professional, and they hold a B.F.A. in Acting. They are a Pisces Sun with a Pisces Moon and would like to remind you to drink some water.