• Original Kink

    by Jubi Arriola-Headley
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    Original Kink
November 6, 2020

Jubi Arriola-Headley

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes acclaimed poet JUBI ARRIOLA-HEADLEY for a discussion of his debut poetry collection, original kink. He will be joined in conversation with ALLISON ADAIR, creative writing professor at Boston College and author of the award-winning poetry collection The Clearing.


In original kink, Jubi Arriola-Headley explores kink as mythscape of promised pleasure, lush and lustral, kink as Godzilla's desire for softness and the speaker gone "starburst," kink as "the sun-soaked / surface of impossible kick" and "something loose enough / to dance in."

At once soliloquy, praise song, and injunction, original kink divines the brutal offices and beauteous comforts of syntax, street corners, and superheroes as sites for Black and queer (un)becomings. Accompanied by Eve, Isaac Newton, and a cotillion of daddies, Arriola-Headley writes into pleasure's beyond, questioning "What it must be / to presume life / to presume tomorrow." These poems "glutton at spring's source, / ever lovedrunk on / the insistent gush of you," and create a dazzling, multiple "We." These poems enjoin the reader—and themselves—to "Be better / than bitter. Be roiling in joy. Be."

About Author(s)

Jubi Arriola-Headley (he/him) is a black queer poet, storyteller, & first-generation United Statesian born to Bajan (Barbadian) parents. His first collection of poems, original kink, is forthcoming (October 2020) from Sibling Rivalry Press. Jubi’s a 2018 PEN America Emerging Voices fellow, a 2nd year MFA candidate in poetry @ the University of Miami, & an alumnx of the VONA & Lambda Literary writing communities. Jubi & his husband split their time between South Florida & Guatemala, where he hopes to pick up enough Spanish to figure out what his in-laws are saying about him.

Allison Adair’s collection The Clearing, selected by Henri Cole for Milkweed’s Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, was named a "New and Noteworthy" book from New York Times. Her poems appear in American Poetry ReviewArts & LettersBest American PoetryKenyon Review, and ZYZZYVA; and have received the Pushcart Prize, Florida Review Editors’ Award, and Orlando Prize. Allison teaches at Boston College and Grub Street.