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Praise for Dream Rooms
Bookhug press, fall 2022


“These pages are like the best conversations I have had with poets, relentlessly pushing through the mystery together. There is no choice but to learn a new way to hold what we think we know or drop it on the ground. ‘When you hurt one of us you hurt us all,’ writes River Halen in a book I would buy for you if I knew you, driven to share this brilliant conversation.” —CAConrad, author of AMANDA PARADISE: Resurrect Extinct Vibration

“A quick-witted, momentum-filled, tender rebellion of a book.”
—Chase Joynt
“Can a book deflect predators?  Is the book the place where the body can take a new posture, training itself to become a gentleman, an atmosphere, a counter-product, a galaxy?  “There is no limit to how much you can learn about electricity” is one of the many sentences or lines in Dream Rooms that both absorbed and emitted attention, the strong and sometimes overwhelming energy that accompanies what the writer calls emergence.  ‘Nothing alive belongs to anyone.’  Yes.”
—Bhanu Kapil

One of this book’s many major achievements is its delightful continual configuration of everyday objects (wearing fuzzy white socks so ailing bunny feels at home; a broken razor leaving one very hairy leg shaved, one not) into a procedural for unbounded being. A voice moves from rental room to room, unspooling a life lived with divinely smudged or entangled boundaries between human and animal, between friendship  and love, between prescribed and transitioning gender. Dream Rooms is a marvellous confection of the author’s definition of “revolution”—a series of small, courageous, flawed attempts to risk everything.
—Gail Scott