Words on Edge (Black Square Editions, 2018)

My upcoming book Words on Edge is at the printer and available for pre-order at the BSE website. Much respect and gratitude to Shanna Compton for the smart design, to Laura Mullen for the enthusiastic blurb, and to John Yau for believing in the work.

Working out a necessary and constantly evolving counterintuition—uneasy, agitated, restless and ceaselessly inventive—Michael Leong’s Words on Edge clocks the alarm of those who “wake late” in a world of fragments and found materials. Bricoleur of the “jagged, ad hoc equation” that is the contemporary, the poet constellates a spacious, ever-enlarging structure from a heap of broken posterities to make space for “the first blossoms of wild meaning.” The assertions are fresh, tragicomic, and engaging, and the ongoing effort to accurately describe (and affect) a transforming situation is thrilling: this is work that leads us toward “a future collapse into / a full state of wakefulness.” Don’t wait!

—Laura Mullen

~ by Michael Leong on February 19, 2018.

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