“I read m/ryan murphy’s void of pronouns like I read philosophy—making a space for each movement, each caressing and genderless sentence before psychically agreeing to move onto the next, a slow and deep kind of reading which is a kind of reading that is the kind I like which also happens to be the kind of sex I like. It is the kind of writing that promises sentences without end…which like sex without end is also like reading Marcel Proust’s seemingly unending regained memory, a terrifying ‘seemingly’ because one knows that it must upon a time, upon one sentence, end. But for now, void of pronouns fills me with light and desire which can only come from poetry in which ideas become images and take flight. This book not only makes me smarter it makes me lighter and happier and confident in the realness of the not yet the not this or that, the use and worth of discomfort, of contortion. It’s written out of desire but grounded in the materially real—the “sore” feet don’t appear merely to remind of an actual physical world—they appear alerting us that we’ve been in the real through every sentence thus far: Pen is body is map is landscape.”
m/ryan murphy lives in Brooklyn, NY via Mississippi. They were named a finalist for The Poetry Project’s 2018-19 Emerge–Surface–Be Fellowship. Some of their work exists in or is forthcoming from Entropy, The Felt, The Poetry Project Newsletter, Anomaly, and Cosmonauts Avenue. The rest explores nonhuman rights, caesurae, queerness, and language’s existence beyond the confines of the page. Virtually friend them @mryanmurphy.
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