Photo by Zac Tocher
From the poetry manuscript ‘Passing in the Middle Kingdom’ (Wilder Prize finalist)
L.A. (Lovers Anonymous) was written in 1994 with a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. It is a work of juvenilia, a poetry chapbook, a very basic example of how writing asserts the self. I wrote it prior to completing my undergraduate degree, without really knowing what it is I wanted to say about the world. Now I see that I was asking questions about place and the body, and I sought answers from external markers for validation. At the time I know that I was feeling a strong sense of urgency and desire to manifest myself into being and felt wildly uncertain about my relationship to time, beauty, and art.