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Perceived Distance from Impact (Paperback) (Kamden Hilliard)

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Poetry. PERCEIVED DISTANCE FROM IMPACT forgot to charge its phone, got lost, and is almost happy about it. These poems are catalogues, unorganized purses, they are late to the party and forgot to RSVP. They are also unquiet, unapologetic, and unafraid to explore passionately, expose their hearts nakedly, and fight back fervently. Hilliard's speakers cling to the coast, film, computer science, queerness, and race—all in an attempt to stitch together a self in a world uninterested in the process.

Kamden Hilliard is a ferocious and savvy, edgy and on-edge, whip- smart and hold-no-prisoners new voice in contemporary poetry. Through erasure, remixing, imagining, and laughing, the poems in this vivid new collection ask how close a person can go to pain. Once there, can you return?

"The poems in Kamden Hilliard's PERCEIVED DISTANCE FROM IMPACT are doing the most! Fragmented & fractured & fabulous & technocratic—they grip you by your collar scruff & drag you in. This poet's scope is transnational & transhistoric & transcendent. The poems are like a globe turning wetly in the mouth. The deft incorporation & pastiche of various registers makes the reading experience of this book a panoply of 'godDAMN' & 'More Please.' Read this now!"—sam sax

"Kamden Hilliard spares nothing. Whip-smart and poly-vocal, these poems are hyper-attuned to and deeply uncomfortable with their place against a 'sunset pickled with smog,' and their interrogation of this position—'queer' / 'Black' / 'millennial' / 'American' / 'poet' / 'student' / 'son'—takes place at a level rarely seen by poets several times their age. That prodigy thing aside, Hilliard's rapid-fire code- switching between encyclopedically varied high/low references (cinematic, scholarly, familial) is undeniably brutal but buoyed by a smirk at the absurdity of 'all these aberrations,' which keeps the ride fun. At the crossroads of globalization and depersonalization, these poems coast glibly through Hong Kong, Tinder, D.W. Griffith films, Hawai'i, the barbershop, Chicago, not-being-in-Chitown. All the while, even while in places as horrifying as the Rainforest Cafe, these poems are 'poppin' bottles' and seeking 'another way towards love.' —Nina Puro

"Kamden Hilliard's PERCEIVED DISTANCE FROM IMPACT immerses and dispositions its readers at the same time. Their exciting travel poetics examines the tension between the Asian and other spaces and their black queer Amerikkkan self reminds us that the world, like the poet's own description of their body, constantly overwhelms us with 'disruption and oddity.' Wherever the speaker is, they are rooted and dislocated, determined and confused. The various registers and discourses in this 'global manuscript' glues us like a montage sequence, and the boldness and strangeness stick and stay. '[Travel] is a needy needy boy,' so is Hilliard in their first uncompromising attempt to emerge with their
Number of Pages: 51
Genre: Poetry
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Small Pr Distribution
Author: Kamden Hilliard
Language: English
Street Date: February 7, 2017
TCIN: 52442655
UPC: 9781625579706
Item Number (DPCI): 248-45-7158
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