Book Review for that i want:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume IX Issue IX





that i want



Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: that i want

Author: Ava Hoffman

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2021

Pages: 32


“Wind, bring me spring . . .”
- from Flowering by Lucy


A series of pictograph poems in brilliant Art Nouveau, highlighting the experience of being transsexual in America, that i want by Ava Hoffman and above/ground press. Ava Hoffman (Poet, poetry editor, writer) lives and works in Louisiana. She edits SPORAZINE, a journal of experimental writing by trans people. She is published in journals, Poetry Daily, Fench, Black Warrior Review, Anomaly, The Fanzine, Datableed, amongst others and has Chapbooks available. A full length collection [. . .] is forthecoming.

The poems are a number of words around a short line, some of them crossed out with syntax, that invite the reader in, as you skip around the different words, a different read, a different way, a different impression of lines/emotions changing and being rewritten. A fantastical metaphor for a changing sexual identity. As if the writer is constantly assessing themselves, their self-concept, themselves in relation to society, their morphing experience, a dance by looking in the mirror and seeing themselves, someone whose basic parameters are not the norm, that are changing and creating a dialogue. The suffering and change becomes a celebration in art installation.

When the single words, the lines are read, the words added and removed in a stacatto presentation the poetry becomes an original interactive pictoral Beat progression. Incroyable.

A fantastical original write, pushing the bounds of New Age poetry into new realms of creativity, experience and healing, that i want by Ava Hoffman.



Available at above/ground press.




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