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Publications from Brink contributors re:viewed by Brink Editors

A Secret, Third Thing: Rachelle Toarmino and Lucy Wainger

Interviewed by Cory Hutchinson-Reuss

It’s winter-spring. A blue, sunny chill. Sleep and hyacinth. Today I met with a friend with whom I have an ongoing creative collaboration. He’s a dancer and professor; I’m a poet and sometimes hybrid writer. We build verbal and bodily vocabularies together, layers of gestures, words, and silence. We’re energized by the process and therefore return to it, but we often ask, what is this? What exactly are we doing?

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Cynthia Cruz

Interviewed by Hannah Bonner

The space between waking and dreaming presents a brief opening of possibility and is the same space we enter and move through in psychoanalysis when we speak without thinking.

Lara Mimosa Montes

Stay in the Silence: A Conversation

I first read Lara Mimosa Montes' THRESHOLES while the forest around me burned. Obscured by fire and smoke, I imagined the landscape as what it would become—a place where life used to be, an absence, a death. Pregnant with my first child, I wondered what kind of life I could make for him here in this would-be dead place...

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Taneum Bambrick

Intimacies, Received

Taneum Bambrick’s second collection of poetry Intimacies, Received (2022) parses the language and acts of love and sex, trauma and violence, with the stark, plainspoken language of a desert, seared and sustained by light...

Darius Stewart

Intimacies in Borrowed Light

In Darius Stewart’s first book-length collection of poems, he plumbs both the light and darkness of love, desire, illness and addiction with adroit lyricism and narrative aplomb. Stewart’s poems illuminate stories of family, friends, and lovers with the kind of candor one might expect in a confidant. These poems pulse with ardor, expectation, and the possibility of touch’s physical and affective potential...

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Vi Khi Nao

Fish Carcass

Vi Khi Nao’s sixteenth book Fish Carcass (2022) is a poetic Petri dish of lived experience. The poems speak to trauma, desire, sexual violence, the body, food, and consumption through the form of lists or a medical chart, as well as a series of poems addressed to various aspects of the author’s physic and corporeal being such as “My Spleen” or “My Existence.” There is an amalgamation of seemingly disparate and divergent material that Nao blends together in flavorful and ludic images...

Catherine Pond

Fieldglass

I read Catherine Pond’s Fieldglass three months after my last heartbreak. Love and sex are brutal; but then again, so is life. In her first collection, Pond’s poems tilt a kaleidoscope of experiences to the light, and the refractions of family, rape, death, self-harm, alcoholism, among others, dazzle in the clarity of their candor...

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Lynn Melnick

Refusenik

I don’t remember the first touch or the first comment when I was a girl that conjured me as a woman. I don’t remember all the ways in which I’ve made allowances for the things I never wanted. I don’t remember the first flush of shame: its specific breach, its sting. However, in Lynn Melnick’s third collection of poetry Refusenik (2022), Melnick reminds me that the accrual of assaultive experiences doesn’t need a number to be believable, doesn’t need a number to warrant trauma’s recurring reverberations. Throughout these poems, she explores the generational violence of patriarchy and Anti-Semitism in direct, unflinching prose...

Sarah Minor

Slim Confessions

Here’s a slim confession: I have asked the last two men I loved to spit in my mouth, and neither one obliged. Drool play is not an impossible request, but a question of taste (my taste) and of hunger. When I read Sarah Minor’s newest book length essay Slim Confessions: The Universe as a Spider or Spit (Noemi Press, 2021), I know there is a place for my pleasures amidst Minor’s pages, amidst those equally enraptured by slime as a texture, a horror, a performance, or an art...

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Vi Khi Nao

A Bell Curve is a Pregnant Straight Line

Vi Khi Nao’s sapphic, sartorial poetry collection A Bell Curve is a Pregnant Straight Line organizes itself in four sections, Shorts, Shirts, Skorts, and Skirts, where the body becomes cloth or flame, a tender being or a violent one. As Nao writes in the introduction to the collection, “Flipping like Morse signals, the poems in this collection gather under the pregnant arc of the bell curve in four quadrants that gestate desire.” ...

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