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Decapitated Poetry

Poems from a boisterously out and open queer voice from Taiwan.
Ko-hua Chen’s Decapitated Poetry was the first explicitly queer book of poems published in Taiwan and remains a foundational work in Taiwanese poetry. Decades after it first appeared in 1995, this collection retains the capacity to shock, appall, and jolt readers into recognizing homosexuality as its own specific category of being. Behind Chen’s depictions of the disjunctive realities of queer erotic life, a formidable and uncompromising poetic intelligence can be seen at play. Alongside the erotic, satirical offerings from Decapitated Poetry, this volume includes selections from Chen’s remarkable sci-fi sequences that offer further transcorporeal meditations on forbidden queer love. Excoriating, heretical, tender, and always alive to the transgressive potential of language, this exhilarating volume from Seagull’s Pride List is the perfect introduction to one of Taiwanese poetry’s most daring voices.

164 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

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Gay and Lesbian Studies


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"Ophthalmologist–poet Ko-Hua Chen’s Decapitated Poetry exuberantly straddles the bodily and the speculative."

Harriet Books

Table of Contents

1.Song of Dumbbells
2.From the Treadmill, I See…
3.The House of the Mirror
4.Ode to Muscles
5.An Invisible Murder
6.Death of the Last Bodybuilder
7.This Morning after the Sex
8.I Am Curious about My Body
9.Wedding Speech
10.The Necessity of Anal Sex
11.Man Eats Man
12.Invisible Man
14.Toilet Man
15.Snake Man
16.Song of Condoms
18.Map of a Wet Dream
19.A Nihilist Son
20.Body Poems (Selected)
21.I Love the Founding Father
22.Bareback, Okay?
23.Your Scrotum Tightens Up
24.I Want You to Swim in My Body
25.Actually, I Am a Leg-Fetishist
27.Everyone Likes to Swallow the Bread of Life
28.The Necessity of Bestiality
29.Twelve Love Poems for a Cyborg
30.Notes on a Planet

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