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The Anatomy of Desire: An Anthology of Distance

From the vicious, to the clinical, to the confessional, The Anatomy of Desire is filled with poems that cut from where the ache is still tender, and rend longing wide open. Pulling knives from the body to call them holy, crushing berries in fists like deliverance — it's an anthology of words that ask hunger what it’s made of; works that spit blood on the floor every time they try to speak.


“Intricate and rich, these offerings demand to be reread and sung in the unique voices of diverse realities they offer.” — Harshal Desai, Founding Editor of the Parentheses Journal.

“a sense of urgency [and] desperation, pervades the collection.” — Martha O’Brien, poet at the University of Cardiff.

“Desire can be a fast-burning flame. In these poems, it is so much more: a wrestling match with grief, a lifelong bond with family, a fear, a humiliation, a question, a reverence, a revolution.” — Tucker Lieberman, author of "Painting Dragons" (2018).

“a poignant and incisive look at the human condition.” — Michael Akuchie, Contributing Editor at Barren Magazine.

“It takes a startling amount of bravery to let yourself bleed poetry onto the page in the way that [these] poets have done.” — Simone Fraser, poet at the University of Oxford.

“This anthology balances trauma and pain with love, lust, and longing to craft a collection that will stay with you long after you've read its final page.” — Juliette Sebock, author of "Mistakes Were Made" (2017) and Founding Editor of Nightingale & Sparrow.

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