Hydra Medusa

A book of poetry, dreams and speculative talks, collected from the psychic detritus of living in the US-Mexico borderlands.



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Finalist for the CLMP Firecracker Award in Poetry

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Weight .5 lbs

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Part coping mechanism, part magical act, Hydra Medusa was composed while Brandon Shimoda was working five jobs and raising a child—during bus commutes, before bed, at sunrise. Encountering the ghosts of Japanese American ancestors, friends, children, and bodies of water, it asks: What is the desert but a site where people have died, are dying; are buried, unburied, memorialized, erased. Where they are trying, against and within the energy of it all, to contend with our inherited present—and to live.

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ISBN: 9781643621715
Paperback, 144 pages, 6 x 9 in
Publication Date: June 27, 2023

“The Desert,” from Brandon Shimoda’s new collection, “Hydra Medusa,” is emblematic of the complex lyric-historical landscape of borders, dreams, shrines and underworlds found throughout his work. I asked Shimoda about the context and composition of this poem, and his answer was a skillful, evocative illumination of the relationship between life and poetry

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BRANDON SHIMODA is a yonsei poet/writer, and the author of eight books of poetry and prose. He is also the curator of the Hiroshima Library, an itinerant reading room …

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