Upcoming Event

Julia Bloch


The Sacramento of Desire

in conversation with RAJIV MOHABIR

This event includes a book signing


March 31, 2020
7:30 PM


Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes poet JULIA BLOCH—author of the Lambda Literary Award–nominated Letters to Kelly Clarkson—for a discussion of her latest collection, The Sacramento of Desire. She will be joined in conversation by poet and Emerson College professor RAJIV MOHABIR.

About The Saramento of Desire

The Sacramento of Desire links the vulnerabilities of the body with the economies of assisted reproduction, landscape disasters, and language itself. Julia Bloch's poems catalog temporal objects—lunar charts, basal calendars, office cubicles, freeway metering—to imagine the possibilities of a queer future beyond the edges of ruin. In interlocking, essayistic prose poetry, Bloch's third full-length collection mimics the way time skips and lingers in feeling, questioning the norms of reproduction we attach to mandates for social value.

Praise for The Sacramento of Desire

"Julia Bloch's horologic epic proceeds by chopped narrative, gorgeous musics, casual talk tatters, quote startles, and deep wash-overs, all infected with loss. It's a quest built from the logics of encountering a monstrous fertility-industrial complex. The work stirs and sifts this 'uncompostable grief,' and yet fellow poets, friends, and interlocutors shine behind every line. This book brims with community, crowded and leavened by voices." —Allison Cobb

"In this sacra-momentous work by Julia Bloch, the moment of a biochemically mediated human is jarred into recognition. It s a new, feminist, queer machinery that pervades, interrupts, and incurs high charges over a necessary tenderness, 'completely waiting for technology to get right down to the center of experience.'' Throughout Bloch's examinations of the multiplicity of boundaries—from the cell walls of the ovum to the architectural, emotional, affective limits put up by society—a quiet insidious toxicity infiltrating the multiple Californian landscapes of this book invades the syntax of a richly swerving language that considers the corporeal desires behind the mechanics and borders of humans as data, as sentences, as reproductive machines, as incubated negotiations of desire—'So go not on your nerve but on your last disaster'—an urgent call!" —Sawako Nakayasu

Julia Bloch
Julia Bloch

Julia Bloch

Julia Bloch grew up in Northern California and Sydney, Australia. She is a Pew Fellow in Literature, a recipient of the San Francisco Foundation’s Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award, and the author of Letters to Kelly Clarkson , a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and Valley Fever. She lives in Philadelphia, where she directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania and is an editor at Jacket2.

Rajiv Mohabir
Rajiv Mohabir

Rajiv Mohabir

Rajiv Mohabir is the award-winning author of the poetry collections The Taxidermist’s Cut (Four Way Books, 2016) and The Cowherd’s Son (Tupelo Press, 2017). His awards include the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the 2015 AWP Intro Journal award, and a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant. His poetry and translations appear internationally in Best American Poetry 2015, Quarterly West, Guernica, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Drunken Boat, Poetry Magazine and many other places. He received his MFA in Poetry and Translation from Queens College, CUNY, a PhD in English from the University of Hawai`i..

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