“We are witnessing the birth of an extraordinary voice in these poems.” —Roy G. Guzmán, author of Restored Mural for Orlando
A truly incomparable collection, The Rise of Genderqueer constructs a voice with unmitigated and authentic yearning. Its poems soak ink into page from margin to margin, pressing into the reader’s assumptions about gender unmercifully. These poems demand, carry authentic wisdom, deliver keen argument, and disarm with sly wit. Wren Hanks challenges the status quo as neatly as a flower slid into the barrel of a rifle. These are utterly convincing prose forms studded with rhetoric he’s deftly remastered and sampled from our culture and conversations right now.
“I’ll never be denatured, // I am nature,” Hanks’s poems insist, as the reader bears witness to a bigger world, light flooding into every corner, revealing what has always been true, vigorous, and expansive.
Praise for Prophet Fever:
“An absolutely beautiful haze of mystery complicates everything from character to scene to what it means to be alive and human but also maybe not; does being human come with fur? Does finding a way to live mean becoming something else, something better, something beyond?
“…a fever dream of the later years of high school, starring awkward sex, mean teenagers, cherished moments of parental absence, junk food, and internet binge sessions….Their poems are best read as unique interpretations of what life is like for someone who doesn’t conform to the binaries popular media and society create for gender, identity, and expression.“
“Hanks confronts the subject matter of belonging in a beautiful and unique way, questioning and challenging the state of the natural world and how queer bodies fit inside it. Prophet Fever is a dark book, yes, but it’s also a deeply important book, flush with possibility…"
Featuring the work of Eric Baus, Mathias Svalina, Emily O'Neill, Sonya Vatomsky, Moss Angel, and MANDEM, among many others, Curious Specimens is an anthology of the strange and wondrous things that make us human.