"Yes, I am a corpse flower articulates the ache and bliss that accompany occupying a (queer) body at odds with the (heteronormative, late-capitalist) world."
- Annick MacAskill
Sharp's collection here walks that beautiful poetic line between the grandiose and the understated. This collection is equal parts theatrical and painfully realist."
- Dani Spinosa
Yes, I am a corpse flower composes a queer lyric meditation on body, identification, and subjectivity, proposing a queer poetics not just referential, limited to language’s meaning. These are not poems about
queerness, but composed queerly: eccentric, off-centre, oblique, to twist. Poems that failingly and flailingly attempt to define the queer “I,” that skepticize any stable connection between queer self and body, narrate an unnarratable encounter with self-recognition outside of categorizable identity. These poems are composed from a feeling that to state queerness can never be to expound on a single journey, but to gather together a multitude of I’s of which this I, here, writing this paragraph, is only one iteration. I is not this one, but neither is I an other, but a we, perversely licked-linked through language, a sort of tongue: limn me, limn me!
Knife Fork Book, 2021
Available from knife | fork | book
REVIEW BY ANNICK MACASKILL
@ Carousel Magazine
REVIEW BY DANI SPINOSA
@ The Minute Review
REVIEW BY ROB MCLENNAN
@ rob mclennan's blog