cumflower by Noah LeBien
Softcover / 124 x 188 mm / 44 pp
Noah LeBien’s cumflower, their first book of poems, is consumed with desire: to know the self, to make oneself known, and to undo that knowledge and the authoritative voice that shapes it. Caustic with irony, contradiction, failure, confusion, and violence—both against macho-intellectualism and the macho-embodied poet—LeBien’s poems overflow and inescapably manipulate their author. Working within and against the gauze of confessionalism and the mythos of the American Poet, LeBien confronts the possibilities of speech without authorship, vulnerability without use, and selfhood without delimitation.