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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Poetry. Science Fiction. Melding the language of sci-fi and sensuality, CYBORGIA, Susan Slaviero's redolent, ambitious debut, wallows delightfully in its rhythm and vocabulary, yet remains sharp and meticulous. A lyric guide to cyborg feminism--complete with robosexuality and teledildonics--Slaviero traverses traditional female tropes, including fairy-tale heroines, mermai ...more
Paperback, 71 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Mayapple Press
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Oct 12, 2014 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of literary fantasy and science fiction
Shelves: poetry

Someone should nominate selections from this highly literary sci fi collection to Ellen Datlow's anthology of the Year's Best Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Among my favorites:

"Consider the Dangers of Reconstructing Your Wife As a Cyborg":

"In the twenty-six minutes since I've been resurrected I have devised about ten different ways to disassemble you. Imagine what I could do with an hour and a box of power tools." (37)

"Bluebeard's Clockwork Bride":

"Perhaps a harp
in her chest, he says,
or a music box
Cyborgia is a vivid, gruesome science fiction world full of imaginative poems. The cyborgs are given an inner life full of eroticism and violence to play out on a technological landscape. Reading this book put Bjorks's Homogenic album in my head for a few days.

My favorite section was "Boolean Fairy Tales." It felt exciting to read the familiar tales in a new, precise post human language.

Paul David
Cyborgia (Mayapple Press, 2010, 71 pp., $14.95) is Susan Slaviero’s debut full-length poetry collection. She presents a highly imaginative series of prophetic visions mapping futuristic life without human women and, more immediately, of women presently living in a hyper-masculine world. Her poems can be funny and playful. Slaviero references robotics and passages replicating computer language. However, recurring themes of alarm, repulsion and horror fill this wonderful, terrifying volume.
Cyborgia crafts a “post-human,” pro(to)-woman, celluloid landscape helixed with a cyber-cabinet of curiosities—animatronic bones, cyborg cowgirls, teledildonics, and alien automatons. Slaviero’s book is the robochild of Alice in Wonderland, Battlestar Galactica and Angela Carter, and equally as brilliant—full of wit, imagination, intelligence and a scathing playfulness: “You jacked in/to my dollslot, called me a slick witch”. Her poems navigate the fetishization and disassembly of female cyborgs ...more
Amazing language and philosophical thought in this book of poems that somehow blends feminism, technology, science fiction, mythology, and fairy tales together to create a whole new world, a future post-apocalypse world, perhaps, but one very present in the words and the imagination of this poet.

I plan to interview her in my blog!
"[No virus was ever this pretty.:]" So ends Susan Slaviero's redolent, ambitious debut. Her poems themselves cyborgs, Slaviero's work embodies the stereotypically feminine while reeling toward posthumanism. A phantasmagoria, Cyborgia is a slightly grotesque, whip-smart collection that establishes Slaviero as a poet to watch.
Teniesha Kessler
This is a MUST READ for genre poets. Slaviero's style blends narrative and surrealist techniques into a feminist rant against post-apolcalyptic patriarchy. Above all, she makes technology and machinery downright SEXY. Wow!
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Susan Slaviero has a BA in Creative and Professional Writing from Lewis University. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: Apocrypha (Dancing Girl Press, 2009) and An Introduction to the Archetypes (Shadowbox Press, 2008). Her first full-length collection of poetry, Cyborgia, is forthcoming from Mayapple Press in 2010. Her work has appeared in journals RHINO, Flyway, Fourteen Hills, Arsenic Lo ...more
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