I Want to Make You Safe has just been released by Litmus Press, 2011. Amy King is also the author of Slaves to do These Things, I’m the Man Who Loves You and Antidotes for an Alibi, all from Blazevox Books, as well as The People Instruments (Pavement Saw Press), Kiss Me With the Mouth of Your Country (Dusie Press).
Amy organizes "The Count" and interviews for VIDA: Woman in Literary Arts, edits the Poetics List, sponsored by The Electronic Poetry Center (SUNY-Buffalo/University of Pennsylvania), moderates the Women’s Poetry Listserv (WOMPO) and the Goodreads Poetry! Group, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College. Her poems have been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes, and she has been the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry. Amy King was also the 2007 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere.
She is currently preparing a book of interviews with the poet, Ron Padgett, and is also co-editing Poets for Living Waters with Heidi Lynn Staples and Esque Magazine with Ana Bozicevic.
Amy founded and curated, from 2006, the Brooklyn-based reading series, The Stain of Poetry, until 2010. Visit her current site here.
Amy King’s poems think in association, evoking a world familiar but entirely unexpectable. Next to us all this turns and spins: under the veil of hum and drum is the paradise of possibility. This is a poetry of hope for a world shrouded by nearly and almost.
-- Charles Bernstein
I like the way the poems in Antidotes for an Alibi seem to turn on their axes. Their wit is gone before you know it, but the metaphysical effect transports
you a considerable distance, where you find yourself happy to be pleasantly addled. -- Ron Padgett
"Amy King's mercurial poems capture the instability of cultural, sexual, and poetic identity. In the circuitry of her illuminated, incongruous, but somehow perfectly apt details, ""the alien befits us."" With a nod to Gertrude Stein and Fernando Pessoa, as well as cameos by Frida Kahlo, Maya Deren, and Claude Cahun, Amy celebrates ""the roles"" of women even as she redefines them, telling us: ""I put on my long black dream/to live among my female brothers."" Playful, provocative, and frenetically lyrical, this is metamorphic poetry for our times.
Amy King's poetry is carried by a vital and ineluctable complexity, yoking near-Elizabethan conceit to the roughest necessities with disarming sweetness. John Ashbery and Chidiock Tichborne could not have teamed up to do it better.
I Want to Make You Safe (Litmus Press)
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