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Cartoon Logic, Cartoon Violence

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Cartoon characters are routinely tossed off cliffs, shot, exploded, have their limbs thrown about. They return for the next episode intact. Cartoon Logic, Cartoon Violence is a meditation on being a creator while feeling utterly like a caricature--a cartoon, an exaggeration, an actualization of a metaphor. Through the politics of the personal, examining memory, desire, grief, faith, and love, these poems are a disembodiment sermon, the frantic gathering of memory before confabulation or gaslighting. They are wishes; howls in love's name. They are considerations of the separation between lived experience and the witness, even as they inhabit the same body, illustrating the unreality of depression, the whir and fragmentation of constant analysis. Cartoon Logic, Cartoon Violence is about the process of mistaking people for cartoons, of making fortitude limitless, here, at a point in our collective history, where we seem to be calling for change in the unjust and systemic mistreatment of Black people, who have always been expected to pick up their broken pieces and try again. Cartoon Logic, Cartoon Violence is the moment before the anvil falls from its midair suspension; the roadrunner running out of road; the thin line between the phenomenology of the real and a vaguely familiar Tooniverse.


ISBN-13: 9781936097395

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Baobab Press

Publication Date: 04-05-2022

Pages: 75

Product Dimensions: 9.60h x 6.60w x 0.30d

Alexus Erin is an American poet, performer, and Ph.D. candidate living in the UK. Her poetry has previously appeared in Potluck Magazine, The Melanin Collective, The Nervous Breakdown, The Audacity, American Society of Young Poets, God Is in the TV, LEVELER, Red Flag Poetry, Silk + Smoke, and a host of other publications. She is the author of two chapbooks: Two Birds, All Moon (Gap Riot Press, 2019) and St. John's Wort (Animal Heart Press, 2019). Alexus Erin has been the 2018 Poetry Fellow of the Leopardi Writers Conference, a performer at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a certified doula, and emo enthusiast.