Hot with the Bad Things

Hot with the Bad Things

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Lucia LoTempio


"Lucia LoTempio’s Hot with the Bad Things is a book that thinks about and thinks about thinking about violence, patriarchy, memory, witnessing, and more in ways unlike anything I have ever read. It truly wonders about the ethical conundrums of the poet, the reporter, the watcher—anyone who wants to tell the story, as she writes, in ‘a way that isn’t obliteration.’ This book does beautiful, crucial, and difficult work."
—Ross Gay

May 2020
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9781948579094

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Lucia LoTempio is a poet with an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. You can find her work in The Journal, TYPO, Sixth Finch, Quarterly West, as part of the Academy of American Poets poem-a-day series, and elsewhere. Co-authored with Suzannah Russ Spaar, her chapbook Undone in Scarlet is forthcoming from Tammy Press. Originally from Buffalo, Lucia lives in Pittsburgh where she works at the nonprofit City of Asylum.

 
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“Lucia LoTempio's Hot with the Bad Things will hold you captive in its mesmerizing and enchanting poetic swirls and flourishes, its detours and narrow escapes from harm and the confines of language itself. She writes, ‘Listen: if nothing goes to plan, imagine it as bad as possible.’ The small town turns horrific; the girl is murdered; the life one lives transforms into one's bad dream. Escape before you're obliterated, this work warns in its riveting Siren call. Listen: it wants to keep you alive. I am grateful for having heard this song, no matter how tragic and sorrowful. Hot with the Bad Things signals a new, daring, and beautiful voice in poetry and its vast imaginative forms.”
—Jenny Boully

“How we endure inside and outside of trauma is the question that haunts Lucia LoTempio’s sharply gutting Hot with the Bad Things. Here is a speaker who struggles to survive pain—but who also fights for pleasure. Here is the story of a town and of a body, of how a body is always inextricably tied to place. Hot with the Bad Things is a supremely smart book, and one whose wisdom, humanity, and power I very much needed.”
Lynn Melnick, author of Landscape with Sex and Violence

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