Poetry. LGBT Studies. GOWANUS ATROPOLIS attempts to reconcile the toxicity of the titular Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and the east river in "Manahatta" with the poet's search for the pastoral in New York City. A queer elegy for when language might have been prior to thought, where the phrase becomes the thought, rather than the other way around—so that the dystopic might become, if not utopic, at least measurable / pleasurable, "melodious offal." "Once in a while there are poems which create entire fresh terrain. And I'm saying too that it's hard to come home from it, locator dials set anew. I'm jangling from the return, like the world had descended upon me so quickly through the poems it was some time before I realized I was still in one piece, and minted with a beautiful little scar. Julian's deviance is a hazard of poems which bend the muscle of light. I can hardly wait to share our extra strength when we've all read them!"—CAConrad.
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Julian Talamantez Brolaski is the author of OF MONGRELITUDE (Wave Books, 2017), ADVICE FOR LOVERS (City Lights 2012), GOWANUS ATROPOLIS (Ugly Duckling Presse 2011), and co-editor of NO GENDER: REFLECTIONS ON THE LIFE & WORK OF KARI EDWARDS (Litmus Press / Belladonna Books 2009). Julian lives in Oakland, and is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in the country band The Western Skyline (www.thewesternskyline.org).Author City: BROOKLYN, NY USA