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Sheep Machine is a textual inscape, a poetically painted nonfictional pasture where mechanical violence and visceral fear coalesce into a kind of science prosody, a post-human panorama whose beauty lies in the ruins of reality it depicts. Influenced by Leslie Thornton’s film of sheep feeding in a field as a conveyor belt of cable cars ascend and return from a mountain in t ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published June 27th 2018 by Black Sun Lit
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Landin Chesne
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nao displays impressive control of language and builds and effective ekphratic landscape. Her choices of description as she moves between discussing a video of sheep grazing and a kaleidoscoped edit of the same video are gorgeous. This book only suffers in that the second-by-second descriptions can get to be repetitive/predictable as not much happens in the video Nao is describing, but this is compensated for by Nao's philosophic tangents and recurring motifs.

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Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vi Khi Nao is the only person alive who could coach Nick Kyrgios how to be the raisonneur in a 1994 Phnom Penh sidewalk coffeeshop dialogue.

This work of love teaches us how to place a blanket on the earth for uninvited intimacy. Endure your awkward feelings during its first pages and find yourself in its despiraling intensity as b-b-b--b-becoming is halted.
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Vi Khi Nao holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. She is the author of two novellas, Swans In Half-Mourning (2013) and The Vanishing Point of Desire (2011), and her poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, w ...more
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