Every one of these gorgeously written books will explode your brain and the stories will transport you, even as they grapple with binaries, traditional roles, narrow expectations, breaking free, who we are…. and who we long to be. Sex, gender, identity, sexuality…as much as anything, this reading list is about being human....more
Posts Tagged: Richard Siken
In the driest language possible, I would say that fan fiction successfully undermines the traditional American heteronormative dynamic in ways that can’t be undone. In wetter language, fan fiction sexualizes. It’s transgressive because it suggests the possibility of the erotic. It’s political, because it complicates power structures.
I read Richard Siken’s collection of poems, Crush, in a single afternoon last summer. Lying on my stomach in the sun, I raced through each poem, occasionally lifting my head furtively to check around me for witnesses. His poems, such as “A Primer for the Small Weird Loves,” excerpted below, are achingly intimate and best consumed alone....more