In our morning reading: an interview with Safia Elhillo, an excerpt from James Greer’s new novel, and more.
KIM VODICKA is “the spokesbitch of a degeneration”—“…a softer-spoken, more genteel Lydia Lunch,” according to The Houston Press—and the author of four full-length poetry collections, including The Elvis Machine (CLASH, 2020) and Dear Ted (Really Serious Literature, forthcoming in 2022). She is also the author of several chapbooks, including a poetic comic book, an EP of sound poems on seven-inch vinyl, and an illustrated book of poetry. Her poems, prose, and visual art have been featured in Spork, Luna Luna Magazine, The Thought Erotic, Forbidden Futures, Best American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere. For the past decade, she has toured the country performing sound poetry in bookstores, dive bars, art galleries, ’50s diners, pinup clubs, vintage clothing shops, rooftops, and places of worship. Originally from South Louisiana, she currently lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her beloved cat, Lula.
The guiding principle of Six Ridiculous Questions is that life is filled with ridiculousness. And questions. That only by giving in to these truths may we hope to slip the surly bonds of reality and attain the higher consciousness we all crave. (Eh, not really, but it sounded good there for a minute.) It’s just. Who knows? The ridiculousness and question bits, I guess. Why six? Assonance, baby, assonance.
Morning Bites: Rob Doyle, Hanif Abdurraqib on Bill Withers, Kim Vodicka, Leah Umansky Poetry, and More
In our morning reading: talking with Rob Doyle, new writing by Hanif Abdurraqib, and more.