Today's poem is "What Returns"
from Sympathetic Little Monster

Ricochet Editions

Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of the chapbook Transit (Button Poetry, 2015). He is a Cave Canem Fellow, on staff at Muzzle Magazine, and currently a doctoral candidate in Modern Thought & Literature at Stanford University. Sympathetic Little Monster was named a finalist for the National Poetry Series.

Books by Cameron Awkward-Rich:

Other poems on the web by Cameron Awkward-Rich:
"Filling the New House"
Two poems

Cameron Awkward-Rich's Website.

Cameron Awkward-Rich on Twitter.

About Sympathetic Little Monster:

"Cameron Awkward-Rich's debut is a stunning announcement of a voice that demands we move closer as much as it wishes we'd go away. The ornate emotional terrain of these poems is charted with the poet's sometimes spare, sometimes wild, always skilled lyric. We are invited into a story Awkward-Rich suggests we 'know the words' to, but damn if it doesn't sound better when this poet tells us. As much about stillness as it is about transition, Sympathetic Little Monster is at once analytical, magical, confessional, dismissive, but ultimately, and simply, a collection breaking new ground in Trans, Queer, Black, and American Letters. For many, Awkward-Rich's poems will burst open the mind, the heart, and even some doors, but when you get in there, just leave him alone."
—Danez Smith

"Sympathetic Little Monster is a haunted and haunting book where theory becomes story and story becomes music, girls turn into trees and swallow rose petals, and boys cry on the train. Cameron Awkward-Rich dares us to spend time with the ghosts who live inside transformation and gender transition. Lush and spare, his words are a feast of ideas and images."
—Eli Clare

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