Sex Augury

Sex Augury

by C Bain
Sex Augury

Sex Augury

by C Bain


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Sex Augury is a collection that practices divination with the symbolism of our radically changed and changeable world. Exercising trans poetics, C. Bain denormalizes the violence embedded in the most intimate strata of American life. Confrontationally queer, urgently wounded, deeply political, and metaphysically transported, these poems create their own system of meaning in an environment that is increasingly hostile to meaning of any kind. This collection spans digital culture, gender reversals, and archetypal-mythic vocabularies, alongside close observation of the surround of “ordinary” urban existence. Sex Augury is a work of dyads, not binaries—concepts bound together which nonetheless refuse to form a coherent, harmonious whole; humor and despair, tenderness and brutality, desire and revulsion. These poems bristle with intelligence, acuity of feeling, and refusal to gloss the complexity of our moment into a false narrative of progress.

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ISBN-13: 9781636281322
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 09/26/2023
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

C. Bain is a gender liminal writer, performer, and artist. His work focuses on interstices of sex and violence, the queer body subjected to the extraction of knowledge. He started out in poetry slams in the late ’90s, then transitioned to experimental theater-making, and more recently makes sculptures and videos. His plays have been presented at NYC venues, including the Tank and Dixon Place. He apprenticed at Ugly Duckling Presse, and participated in the first Center for Book Arts creative publishing seminar. He has a social work degree from Hunter College and an art MFA from CalArts. A Lambda Literary fellow, his first book, Debridement, was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Awards. Currently based in South Pasadena.

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