Junk

Junk

The third book in Tommy Pico’s Teebs trilogy, Junk is a breakup poem in couplets: ice floe and hot lava, a tribute to Janet Jackson and nacho cheese. In the static that follows the loss of a job or an apartment or a boyfriend, what can you grab onto for orientation? The narrator wonders what happens to the sense of self when the illusion of security has been stripped away. And for an indigenous person, how do these lost markers of identity echo larger cultural losses and erasures in a changing political landscape? In part taking its cue from A.R. Ammons’s Garbage, Teebs names this liminal space “Junk,” in the sense that a junk shop is full of old things waiting for their next use; different items that collectively become indistinct. But can there be a comfort outside the anxiety of utility? An appreciation of “being” for the sake of being? And will there be Chili Cheese Fritos?

Title:Junk
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781941040973
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About Tommy Pico

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is author of the books IRL (Birds, LLC, 2016), Nature Poem (Tin House Books, 2017), Junk (forthcoming 2018 from Tin House Books), the zine series Hey, Teebs and the chapbook app absentMINDR (VerbalVisual 2014). He was the founder and editor in chief of birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press, and zine that published art and writing from 2008-2013. He was a


    Junk Reviews

  • Michael

    My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog.In Junk, a long poem made up of enjambed couplets, Pico grabs his reader’s attention and runs with it. Writing in the...

  • Rebecca

    (3.5) Junk food, junk shops, junk mail; junk as in random stuff; junk as in genitals. These are the major elements of Pico’s run-on, stream-of-consciousness poem, the third in his Teebs trilogy afte...

  • Emily Polson

    Imagine if Ginsberg's Howl were written by a queer Native American man with a wicked sense of humor. That's Junk, and it is everything. Tommy Pico presents a string of thoughts and anecdotes into one ...

  • Anita

    oftentimes i say things like 'im garbage' and/or 'im trash' and/or 'why am i stupid' and this book is that but he says it and he's proud of his abjection and this is the type of Junk-ie (HA) that i gu...

  • Kye

    I really love Tommy. It’s so refreshing to enjoy “poetry” again! I didn’t like this as much as Nature Poem or IRL but I still loved it. I know it’s annoying to compare artists to those befor...

  • Samantha

    "The battle of control is in learning to make, and giving it up"I love that Tommy Pico's collections exist, if only because they're a great reminder of what poetry can be - punk-rock, meandering, anti...

  • Bogi Takcs

    This was awesome, he continues to be one of my favorite contemporary poets.Source of the book: Lawrence Public Library...

  • Kevin

    A breathless rush of sex, scattershot jokes, and topical anger. Pico weaves it all together like no one else writing right now. If you get a chance to see him read, check it out. He's one of the best ...

  • Jackie

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - me, reading this entire book, deeply fucked up about it! dark, very funny, very sweet, heart entirely ripped open. one of the most genuine works i’ve read about this time ...

  • Harper Miller

    Hands down one of the best books I've read this year. Poetry is so my jam. I'd heard about Tommy Pico on Twitter and decided to give his book Junk a go. Talk about a slice of New York. I looooved it! ...