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Colorado Book Awards Finalist for Poetry

Shortlisted for the Reading the West Poetry Book Award

The poems that make up Anodyne consider the small moments that enrapture us alongside the daily threats of cataclysm. Formally dynamic and searingly personal, Anodyne asks us to recognize the echoes of history that litter the landscape of our bodies as we navigate a complex terrain of survival and longing. With an intimate and multivocal dexterity, these poems acknowledge the simultaneous existence of joy and devastation, knowledge and ignorance, grief and love, endurance and failure—all of the contrast and serendipity that comes with the experience of being human. If the body is a world, or a metaphor for the world, for what disappears and what remains, for what we feel and what we cover up, then how do we balance fate and choice, pleasure and pain? Through a combination of formal lyrics, delicate experiments, sharp rants, musical litany, and moments of wit that uplift and unsettle, Queen’s poems show us the terrible consequences and stunning miracles of how we choose to live.

ISBN-13: 9781947793804

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Tin House Books

Publication Date: 08-18-2020

Pages: 104

Product Dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Khadijah Queen is the author of Conduit, Black Peculiar, Fearful Beloved, Non-Sequitur, and I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On. A finalist for the National Poetry Series, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and the CLMP Firecracker award in Fiction, she is an assistant professor of creative writing at University of Colorado at Boulder, and serves as core faculty for the low-residency Mile-High MFA program at Regis University.

Table of Contents

In the event of an apocalypse, be ready to die 1

Of all the things I love 3

Erosion 5

Double windlass 7

Live unadorned 8

Monologue for personae 9

Copper men 11

Something about the way I am made is not made 13

Dementia is one way to say fatal brain failure 15

I have a method of letting go 16

A tiny now to feed on 17

Horizon erasure 19

Ut pictura poesis 20

X 21

The rule of opulence 23

Antediluvian 24

Sestina for personae 26

Sky erasure 29

Synesthesia 30

Ode to 180 pairs of white gloves 34

I dreamt you at the Tate 36

Retreat 37

Reclusionary 39

In the quiet 41

Declination 42

If gold, your figure as mirror on the ground is 44

Eclogue for personae 54

The world says not to expect the world 56

I watch exact in disconnect 58

Ode to the accuracy of intuition 59

Precipitation erasure 61

Anodyne 62

Imminence 63

NJ Transit passenger ode 65

Ancient mother I keep teaching us new ways to find joy 68

Afterlight erasure 70

Common miracles 71

I watch the endless breakage of wings 72

Route 73

Double life 76

Epilogue for personae 80

I slept when I couldn't move 81

Notes & Acknowledgments 85