Following The Dog Down

John Liles

Following The Dog Down

John Liles

Distributed for Omnidawn Publishing, Inc.

48 pages | 5 1/2 x 7
Paper $11.95 ISBN: 9781632430366 Published February 2017
This is a study of parasitic intimacy, of unregressable cohabitation – when an animal finds its one true other and survives consuming them. To be the entire world for another, where we are eaten raw by this need, and the constant effort of a companion to keep our harms small, forgivable. This work lays claim to who ‘we’ are, and new ways speak about ‘us’. This is poetry founded in the biological study of parasitic roundworms and the language through which we have come to understand them. There is something here for all of us—a way of knowing that we are not alone—and the lifelong care that we must attempt for each other.
Contents
Preface by Rae Armantrout • (touch) • (slender filamentous) • (mum bustle of) • (nemobius trip) • (saw it down) • (larval toxocara) • (a. necator) • (little s. stilesi) • (d. tenuis) • (a. suum) • (this together) • (t.axei) • (stay) • (c.punctata) • (as long as you could) • (nonesuch and moony) • (bolt) • (an animal was always) • (took so much) • (r. ocypodis) • (when leaving, when left)
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