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Throne of Blood

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Available at Solar▲Luxuriance

“Cassandra Troyan goes for the throat, and once she's in the throat she goes for the gonads, then the brain. No sex is safe, as is no being. Let her re-teach you how to cower.”--Blake Butler

“Troyan's is a voracious language that gurgles itself, spits back up and swallows again
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Published February 25th 2013 by Solar▲Luxuriance
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Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"When you laugh you knock the cum plug out of life."
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Fuck poems with birds, I'm the one who gets to fly"

Troyan has got a sledge hammer and just keeps swinging. Not for the faint of heart.

"Go home after school and eat your cat / .... / I am post food."

This somehow alchemizes buckets of blood, the visqueux/slimy, social media age throw away bon-motism, and all other kinds of stuff.

"When plasma scabs against brackish skin and skull / the sodium channel will only allow up to 3 minutes of paralysis."

It also wraps up desire, violation, vulnerability
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"I'll write a lot of bad words and use a lot of shocking images and I'll be a writer" - this author, probably.

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Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now, that I’m finally loving poetry, I decided to pick this chapbook up. When I downloaded it months ago, Solar Luxuriance provides free downloads of their out-of-print chapbooks, I kept giving it up and picking up something else. The first “chapter” is actually a short story written in poetry. Is there a name for ‘Short story poetry’? I guess it would be narrative poetry. Anyway, that was one of the best parts of the chapbook, not only because I rarely find that style of poetry, but it is my fa ...more
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was effective and unique. Dark, certainly. I can't say I enjoyed it per se. It does take the reader to the dregs of one's thoughts. At this point in my life I didn't enjoy that but I'm sure at another point I will.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Apparently this is "dark." Who are these people for whom this is not "normal"? Dislike first piece. I liked the other ones, though most come off as tweets strung together, sweet sounding fragments. Ripe fragments that I'd like to revisit, but I've discovered I like finding authors on my own... I'll wait until I forget who recommended Cassandra and reread it then.
May 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
If poetry uses grotesque imagery and challenging language, I wish that the theme it tries to convey was a little less self-centered. "Preamble" approached that, it was my favorite thing in the book and kept this from being 1 star.
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Cassandra Troyan is a writer, scholar, and ex-artist whose work uses a materialist feminist lens to demarcate space for interventions in the spheres of theory, politics, and culture. They are the author of several books and chapbooks of poetry, most recently A Theory in Tears (ANNOTATIONS & CASES FOR FREEDOM & PROSTITUTION) (Kenning Editions 2016), and have presented, performed, or screened their ...more

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