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City Lights Spotlight #07: Advice for Loversby Julian Talamantez Brolaski
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Inspired by Ovid's instructional Ars Amatoria, with overtones of Renaissance sonnet cycles, Advice for Lovers is a highly wrought volume of poems. Intricately formal but saucy and contemporary in diction, Advice for Lovers walks a fine line between the anything-goes orthography of the Elizabethans and the shifting etymologies of James Joyce. Sexy, kinky, disquieting, Advice for Lovers blazes an erotic trail into the twenty-first century.
"What if I'm spirited away to live in a torch song?—Where the landscape is a lover's discourse? Julian Talamantez Brolaski has me in thrall! In this enchanting book, Julian jacks up the artifice and jacks up the feeling." Robert Glück
"Advice for Lovers is the type of book that makes you see language with fresh eyes, challenging you toward something fiercer and more honest yet. It leaves you bruised and aching to be bruised again, and isnt that what you were asking for after all?" —The Rumpus
Author of gowanus atropolis (2011) and editor at Aufgabe and Litmus Press, Julian Talamantez Brolaski studied with Nathaniel Mackey, Elizabeth Willis, and Robert Hass. Xe rejects gendered pronouns and lives in Brooklyn, New York, and teaches at The New School.
If Philip Sydney had been a third-gender queer poet, he might have written the highly erotic Advice for Lovers.
About the Author
Julian T. Brolaski is the author of gowanus atropolis and an editor at Aufgabe and Litmus Press. Xe studied with Nathaniel Mackey (UCSC), Elizabeth Willis (Mills), and Robert Hass (Berkeley). Julian lives in Brooklyn, curates vaudeville shows, and plays country music with Juan and the Pines. Xe teaches at the New School.
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