“King’s book is not quiet; hers is an aesthetics of sound fractured, fragmented, compounded, mixed, remixed, sampled, jointed, yes, even anointed. (Check out the cover of this book, it’s sparseness of image, this blaringly red background, these glaringly gray figures, mouths open. Caught mid-pounce (whose in danger? (you must be asking yourself!)).”
“Connecting the body to art (as that which comes from the body, which lives in the body, which defends the body, which deceives the body, which destroys the body, which provides passageways to forgive the body, to recreate the body) art to philosophy (what is the body, what are its limitations, its excesses, can we discard the body) philosophy to politics (who owns the body, who has rights to the body, who deserves (health) care for the body) carries us (noisily) through these (full-bodied) explorations.”
“What is safe?”
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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Winner of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. She co-edited with Heidi Lynn Staples the anthology Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change. She also co-edits the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry, and is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.