Poetry. Kristine Ong Muslim has dissected life's parts and crafted updates carrying a calm punch. Her precise and mournful vision shows us that the NOW refuses to be lulled by "last year's domesticity" and that every object exemplifies a contradictory present. When a carpet in "Songs of Dead Objects Content in Their Husks" claims "the texture of silence" it can only do so by asserting its presence. While the eye in "Director's Cut, Exterior Panel: The Eye" can't quite focus it is "yet functional." Willfulness subverts the tragic. Protects the soul. That same eye "...ignores signs, misreads instructions, fakes loneliness." Repeat: "fakes loneliness." Muslim moves beyond the trope of modern isolation. A ROOMFUL OF MACHINES provides companionship for the wise.
Kristine Ong Muslim is the author of We Bury the Landscape (Queen's Ferry Press, 2012), Grim Series (Popcorn Press, 2012), and A ROOMFUL OF MACHINES (ELJ Publications, 2015), a new edition of her debut poetry collection that came out in 2010. Grim Series was included in the preliminary ballot of the Horror Writers Association's 2012 Bram Stoker Award for poetry and was twice nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Elgin Award. Forthcoming books include the illustrated short story collection Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016) and poetry collections Lifeboat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015) and Black Arcadia (University of the Philippines Press, 2016). Author City: PHI