Poetry. What keeps us up at night? Love? Death? God? DON'T GO BACK TO SLEEP answers the Sufi call to wake up to this life in the here and now where ecstasy serves its summons, inviting us to break out of the mundane quotidian. Timothy Liu winds the clock back to the Nanking Massacre in 1937, then traces its consequences on his family of origin, his mother's mental illness, his father's religious fundamentalism, and Liu's obsessive search for love. As trauma begets trauma the poems slowly accrete, and Liu takes on a legacy of poetic witness where carnal violence ultimately turns to spiritual joy.
2015 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Gay Poetry
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