My Art Is Killing Me and Other Poems
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By Amber Dawn, illustrated by Jaik Puppyteeth
Finalist, Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes
In her novels, poetry, and prose, Amber Dawn has written eloquently on queer femme sexuality, individual and systemic trauma, and sex work justice, themes drawn from her own lived experience and revealed most notably in her award-winning memoir How Poetry Saved My Life.
In this, her second poetry collection, Amber Dawn takes stock of the costs of coming out on the page in a heartrendingly honest and intimate investigation of the toll that artmaking takes on artists. These long poems offer difficult truths within their intricate narratives that are alternately incendiary, tender, and rapturous.
In a cultural era when intersectional and marginalized writers are topping bestseller lists, Amber Dawn invites her readers to take an unflinching look at what we expect from writers, and from each other.
Includes a foreword by writer Doretta Lau; illustrated by Jaik Puppyteeth.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published by Arsenal Pulp Press (Feb 2020)
Dimensions: 15.24 x 1.27 x 20.32 cm
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