Permanent VOLTA (Paperback)

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In a sonnet, the 'volta' is the turn of thought or agreement. That is the demand, change is not a singular moment, but a permanent revolution. "I didn't ask for money / I meant to ask for a different / set of relations ....... but I work / I will have to remind them / as if to prove aliveness / to outshine my debt's reputation"

— From Yves


Permanent Volta is a book of poems about constraint and debt, as much as it is about excess, credit, loving luxury, and hating work. These are love poems about how queer intimacies invent political and poetic forms, how gender deviance imagines post-sovereign presents and futures. Taking cues from Rosa Luxemburg's birdsongs and the syntax of invasive flowers, these poems strive to love lack. If history sees writers as tops and muses as bottoms, these poems are motivated by refusal, inversion, and evading representation. In Permanent Volta, the muses demand wages, and then they demand the world. Full of bad grammar, strange sonnets, and truncated sestinas, these poems are melancholy and militant, lazy and anti-state, greedy and collective. Permanent Volta is for anyone motivated by the homoerotic and intimate etymology of comrade: one who shares the same room.

About the Author

Rosie Stockton is a poet based in Los Angeles. Their first book, Permanent Volta, is the recipient of the 2019 Sawtooth Prize, and is forthcoming from Nightboat Books in 2021. Their poems have been published by Publication Studio, VOLT, Jubilat, Apogee, Mask Magazine, and WONDER. They are currently a Ph.D. Student in Gender Studies at UCLA.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643620756
ISBN-10: 1643620754
Publisher: Nightboat Books
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Pages: 120
Language: English