And here’s the link to the listing for my second book, The things I heard about you, out this fall from Nightwood.
Many thanks to Jen Currin and Larissa Lai for the blurbs for the book — both describe the project so well, better than I could have. Both are writers I hugely admire.
“Prose poems, soundtracks, mini-fictions–the lyrical, multi-faceted pieces in The things I heard about you record the ways in which language makes and unmakes us. ‘Between a tooth and safety,’ bodies, weathers, genders inhabit and are inhabited by histories of loss, institutions of violence. These stories don’t shrink even as they grow smaller; each is distilled to a potent drop that sinks into the mind like ink into skin: ‘I, not here, write.'”
“To hear everything available for the hearing is still to misperceive, but to enter the condensation is to enter an entirely different world. In Alex Leslie’s brilliant new collection, The things I heard about you, melodies seem to repeat everywhere, with the slightest of variations. What is easily fixed becomes easily refused. The most succinct articulation may be the most beautiful, but what it captures of the original utterance is the palest, most ghostly glimpse of the original, and often its opposite.”