Live via Zoom:
Wednesday, October 6, 6:00 PM ET
Book Launch: Amanda Larson presents Gut
In conversation with Diana Khoi Nguyen & Hannah Seidlitz
Brooklyn-based poet Amanda Larson joins Greenlight (virtually!) with Hannah Seidlitz and acclaimed poet and multimedia artist Diana Khoi Nguyen (Ghost Of) to celebrate the launch of Gut, Larson’s probing, daring debut collection of poetry. Selected by Jericho Brown as the winner of the Omnidawn 1st/2nd book contest, Gut examines how a young woman maintains agency in the wake of trauma, violence, and desire. In poems that spin a conversation between works of feminist theory—Cathy Caruth, Susan Bordo, Patricia Hill Collins, Anne Carson, Hélène Cixous, and bell hooks, among others—and her own experiences, Larson moves through recovery while questioning the limits of the very term and of language as a whole.
Amanda Larson’s Gut begins with an epigraph from Frank O’Hara: “Pain always produces logic, which is very bad for you.” From there, Larson launches an unflinching interrogation of how a young woman maintains agency in the wake of trauma, violence, and desire.
Gut won the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Contest, selected by Jericho Brown.
Ghost Of is a mourning song, not an exorcism or un-haunting of that which haunts, but attuned attention, unidirectional reaching across time, space, and distance to reach loved ones, ancestors, and strangers. By working with, in, and around the photographs that her brother left behind (from which he cut himself out before his death), Nguyen wrestles with what remains: memory, physical voids, and her family captured around an empty space.