Teeth & Teeth
Winner of the 2017 Charlotte Mew Prize
A wild-mouthed dispatch from the cities of mourning we all inhabit.
The poems in Teeth & Teeth risk simplicity, of the line, of language, and ultimately of desire. Language here is not fantastical or flexed, but quiet and intentional, precise—language is allowed to feel, to labor, to pulse. Because of this, the poems’ momentous hunger, anger, desire—the poems’ "teeth" if you will—are urgently and deceivingly near. As in "Desire Diary," the desire is imperfect and inexplicable, a machine, even: Inside the mechanism, everyone / was handsome. Everyone / Came at it with a strange green / sound leaking from their / Lips. The momentum of desire in Teeth & Teeth—for a mother, a memory, a lover, a knowing, a world—is palpable and fast.
—Natalie Diaz, judge of the Charlotte Mew Prize