We Were Hateful People

We Were Hateful People

by Michael G. Khmelnitsky
We Were Hateful People

We Were Hateful People

by Michael G. Khmelnitsky


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We Were Hateful People is a collection of poems that traces five interweaving stories, or perhaps one story in five parts.

A man from a faraway land meets an impossible woman on an island. this town is small / and full of curves and hills and rises A man falls in love; a creative union forms, followed by marriage. the night is an orgasm on wheels / festooned with dirt and peonies A man faces the sound and the fury of his own mind, and another's. everything can collapse at any moment / th moist brown earth opens up & eats you A man and a woman suffer; a marital union dissolves creatively. th wife coils into a snake / th mind coils into a snake A man uses his poetic craft to make the island his own.

In these poems, Michael G. Khmelnitsky delves into and confronts cultural and linguistic otherness, closeted queerness, neurodivergence, trauma, relationships, and mental illness. He also pays tribute in content and form to the poetic and publishing practices of the 1970s, from the elegant typesetting of every letter to the exploration of the creation, assumption, and performance of alter and subaltern egos.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781738894901
Publisher: JLRB Press
Publication date: 04/13/2023
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

My name is Michael G. Khmelnitsky (he/him/his). I am a queer, neuro­divergent poet and trans­lator. I hold a Ph.D. in literary translation studies and I have been writing poetry for 27 years.

I was born in Moscow, in the imaginary country known as the U.S.S.R., lived in Israel—during the Gulf War and First Intifada—and in Canada, and then worked in Japan and the United States.

Before the COVID Pandemic, I visited more than twenty-five countries. At any given point in time, I know between three and five languages. I have been writing and translating poetry and prose since 1996. I have written more than one thousand poems, some of which have appeared in Granville, Uprooted, Go Fish, The Liar, and We Were Hateful People.

I live on Vancouver Island. In time free from work, I agonize over the written line, organize queer poetry evenings, tend to plants, keep house, make love, walk, and go on long drives to nowhere in particular.

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