'The work of a genuine original ... surreal ... funny ... subversive' Sunday Times
What if a deer did porn? Is it legal to marry a stuffed owl exhibit? And what would Walt Whitman's tit-pics really look like?
Free-wheeling and surreal yet deadly serious, and including the viral hit 'Rape Joke' ('An oblique mini-masterpiece' - Guardian ), this book shows one of our most original poets at her virtuosic best.
'Lockwood has written a book at once angrier, and more fun, more attuned to our times and more bizarre, than most poetry can ever get ' Stephen Burt, The New York Times Book Review , Books of the Year
' Lockwood should enter the canon forever . . . her lines left me crying on the subway ' Kat Stoeffel, The Cut
' The little hairs on my back rose often while reading Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals . . . That's biological praise, the most fundamental kind, impossible to fake' Dwight Garner, The New York Times
Lockwood's long poem about being raped, Rape Joke, became a viral hit in 2013, not just because it is shocking, but because it is brilliant. The poems in [this] collection ... are the work of a genuine original. They are surreal, they are funny, they are subversive. They do what poetry is meant to do: they make you look at things in a different way Christina Patterson Sunday Times
Patricia Lockwood was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA and raised in all the worst cities of the Midwest. Her debut collection, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black, was released in 2012 by Octopus Books; her second collection, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, is forthcoming from Penguin Books in 2017 alongside her memoir, Priestdaddy. Her poems have appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, The London Review of Books, Tin House and Poetry.