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As its suggestively punning title implies, Giving Godhead is a volume of poetry that challenges the boundary between the sacred and the obscene by conflating biblical images of “holy” acquiescence with sexually deviant forms of submission characteristic of BDSM roleplaying. This conflation of saintly and sinful acts of submission naturally centers around a meditation on Ch ...more
Paperback, 82 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Delete Press
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100 Notable Books of 2017 - The New York Times (fiction and nonfiction)
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As a note of bias, Dylan Krieger wrote a blurb for my own up-coming collection of poetry, but I was moved by Krieger's strange verse upon discovering it. While the convolutions of sacred and profane have been explored by men from George Bataille to poet Bruce Beasley, but Kreiger brings a particularly female eye to the situation. Kreiger's catalogs of excess and its burdens can be as uncomfortable as the mutilated tongue on the cover. Kreiger's gift for convolutions implications shows up in her ...more
Dylan Krieger breaks through the opening gate with “in media rape,” saying “the wonder is I choke up—an avalanche of first-world excess—first thing every morning,” and it’s an immediate reminder of how sick we all say we've become of this modern excess, digital excess, political excess, sexual excess, everything excess, and yet every morning we reach for more. We’re all guilty of it in some way, and Krieger doesn’t hold back exploring her own world of cauterized sins, and in the process showing ...more