Selected works new and old from the celebrated poet and radical icon.
Eileen Myles' work is known for its blend of reality and fiction, the sublime and the ephemeral. Her poems open new perspectives on familiar places and invite readers into lush dream worlds, imbuing the landscapes of her writing with the vividness and energy of fantasy.
I Must Be Living Twice brings together selections from the poet's previous work with a set of bold new poems that reflect her sardonic, unapologetic and fiercely intellectual literary voice. Steeped in the culture of New York, I Must Be Living Twice is a prism refracting a radical world and a compelling life.
About the Author
An important and beloved radical icon of American letters, Eileen Myles has been described as 'one of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature'. She has published twenty books of poetry, art journalism, fiction, plays and libretti, and both she and her poems have recently appeared in the hit US TV series 'Transparent'.
She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers' grant, a Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize, the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing and was named to the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List in 2015.
Myles lives in Marfa, Texas, and New York.
A genuinely challenging writer whose time has certainly come. * TLS *
It has taken time for the literary world to catch up with Myles's politics and poetics... [has] a modern, light-footed technique, which delights in skilfully switching perspectives between one line and the next. -- Jeremy Noel-Tod * Sunday Times *
When Myles is described as an "avant-garde" poet, it makes her art sound difficult and intimidating. It isn't. * Guardian *
Eileen Myles' essential poetry is the hip kid leaning against their locker secretly burning with intensity, the smartest boy in the class who doesn't care he has a scar down his face, the thing you just wish you'd said -- Lena Dunham
Amazing -- Kim Gordon
Eileen Myles's poetry is kinetic, ecstatic, muscular, hilarious, sorrowful, valiant, original, necessary, and timeless. For those of you who are encountering it for the first time, I envy your ride. * Maggie Nelson *
[A] new generation of public feminists, including Beth Ditto, Lena Dunham and Tavi Gevinson, cite her as an inspiration, finding in her writing a ribald and ponderous succession to the New York School. * New York Times *
She and her work are unsettled in the best sense: restless, disturbing, changeable... She is exemplary for more and more young writers precisely because she has gone her own way. * Ben Lerner *
One of the richest and most conflicted human hearts you're likely to find -- Dan Chiasson * New York Review of Books *
It's not often that a writer embodies the kind of trailblazing, unapologetic realness and talent that American poet Eileen Myles does. * Wonderland *
Reading Myles is the best kind of community, one speaking truth and beauty, kind of referencing Keats but dismissing his gravitas in sleights of queer slipperiness ... ... impossibly recognisable, distinctive. -- Prudence Chamberlain * Poetry Review *