Loe's hip, energetic, and bodily debut is a frenetic trip through the messy, the psychosexual, and our almost-ordinary internal and external worlds. Inhabited by a singular but splitting voice, these worlds collide, ebb, and fight through four series of prose fragments where "Biochemically, I am more alive/ than you// and when/ the kitchen light cuts// out I become/ more to you// I mean I can candle." What these series lack in traditional sense, they exploit with energy, association, and colloquial smarts ("if you TRY TO SLOW me DOWN i will FRACTURE your comprehension of CHILL/ though I don't want to.") As it moves from mundane humor ("I just found your ring in the shower./ The water's back?") to the weird ("I put my best boob forward./ I could go for a breast blitz.") to the aggressive ("you/ will taste/ the wheel// with your throat."), the work remains full of surprises. Yet readers will also catch glimpses of the familiar: "i keep opening the internet like there is food in there." Loe's willingness to push the limits results in a strange pleasure that never overwhelms, thanks to the consistency of her deliriousness and to the work's simple and elegant form. - Publishers Weekly
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THESE ARE THE GLORIA STORIES
Join us for AN EVENING WITH THESE ARE THE GLORIA STORIES by Kelin Loe
This book launch party will try to reward you for reading These Are The Gloria Stories in the past, present, and future.
It will involve visual, gustatory, and auditory interpretations of the five poems in the book. There will be tactile and olfactory interpretations as well, if you pay attention.
Flying Object / 42 West Street Hadley, MA 01035
6:30 Book-signing, Interpretive cocktails and snacks (gluten free, of course!), an Exhibition of interpretive visual art, General chatting and catching up
8:00 Performance Begins! It will involve readings and performances of poems in and surrounding the book.
And then a non-interpretive dance party.
HELP US LAUNCH THIS BOOK INTO THE STARS!
featuring the talents of Jenny Krichevsky, Michael Gulden, Patrick Gaughan, Stella Corso, Jonathan Volk, Jono Tosch, Finn McGurk (appearing with parents Annie and Chris), Haley Thompson, Emily Siegenthaler, Philip Muller, Gale Marie Thompson, Starr Florio, Paige Taggart, Leanna Oen, Ashley Nadeau, Mike Wall, Anne Cecelia Holmes, Elise Swinford, Neelofer Qadir, Kate Marantz, Anna-Claire Simpson and DeShawn Alexander. And maybe a big surprise too. (People, not goats this time).
UNBUTTONED: An Evening of Spoken Word will feature a reading by poet Kelin Loe preceded by six, five-minute open mic slots.
UNBUTTONED will take place Tuesday, September 9, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Luthier’s Co-Op, 108 Cottage St., Easthampton, MA. This event is free and open to the public.