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Hotel sex, online matches, and ex encounters: Ben Purkert explores love and love lost in this selection from his new book. "For The Love of Endings" will be released next month by Four Way Books. We're excited to offer you this preview, with links to order from Four Way and Amazon.
Through ten print issues and online, Apogee Journal has been engaging with questions of identity and intersectionality, centering the voices of marginalized writers and artists. As we’re currently transitioning to an all-online platform, these poems—from both print and online within the past year—represent where we’ve been; at the same time, they are also all of this moment, looking at the horrors of global empire, imperialism, and the violence that various bodies (including POC, queer, and trans folk) face. But they can also be witchy, funny, and new—overflowing with automatons, Frankensteinian creations, and “hog proximity,” among many other things.
The seasons, the moon, the course of a day: all these are cycles, and poets have repeatedly looked to these cycles as foils to our own mortality. Here are four less-famous takes by more-famous writers—all the on the same theme, without repeating.
Who are we? What do we want? Who do we want? Sometimes our biggest struggle is figuring out who we are and where we are going. Our longest journey is finding and then loving ourselves. Learning to accept where we came from, appreciating it and then moving on. These poems help weave a delicate wave of confusion, sexuality, acceptance, observation, and understanding. Identity is a crucial human experience, learning be who we are and then sharing it with others and the world.
Envisioning a world transformed, science fiction transforms language itself: inventing words, making old words new, or expanding their possibilities. It's unsurprising, then, that poets should make use of scifi images—aliens, cyborgs, dinosaurs, and time machines—to speak, as good science fiction should, to subjects far beyond them.