CUD by Giulia Bencivenga

CUD is a poetry collection in four stomachs.

Framed primarily by a rumination on language as a medium, Giulia Bencivenga takes pleasure in transgressing its limitations. To Bencivenga, language is a tool to mediate desire. She gives it its function in abstracting amorous subjects to inanimacy.

She meanders through time, building upon language as she builds her grieving self.

“In CUD, Giulia Bencivenga’s ‘rich terroir senza,’ love and grief are made physical on the page — observable, chewable. Fluctuating like weather or mood, the tone of the poems — now cool, wry, detached, now intimate, earnest — indicates a speaker skeptical of interiority and sentiment, yet capable of communicating the casual, perpetual proximity of the divine.”

- Kathryn Scanlan (author of The Dominant Animal and Aug 9—Fog)

Giulia Bencivenga is the author of GIULIA BENCIVENGA IS A MANIAC (Inpatient Press) and Unreasonable Whole (Gauss PDF). The former editor-in-chief of the Bay-Area lit mag See You Next Tuesday. They run the monthly reading series Two Snake in Los Angeles (@twosnakela).

February 2020
Language: English