heated from behind as we head for distraction

A collection of poems written between 2017-20 that explore the nature of distraction: of senses bombarded, battles for attention, the self’s lack of definitive edges.

These poems turn decidedly towards the chaos, blurring distinctions between subject and object, self and other, to stake out a place from which to be various. They wallow in inertia and overwhelm. They disassociate. They are fickle and fleeting and promiscuous in form. They try to think about how, as Sara Ahmed has put it, ‘to live out a politics of disorientation might be to sustain wonder about the very forms of social gathering.’ They are, therefore, as much about the ongoing crisis of living under capitalism as they are about navigating love and desire, kinship and care.

A selection of these poems were published in Issue 31 of Blackbox Manifold, alongside some more recent work. They can be found here.

Publications available on request.