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January 5, 2018


Franny Choi

About This Poem


“This poem came out of a conversation with the poet Ilya Kaminsky, during which he said something like, ‘Capitalism distances us from our senses.’ It made me think about what potential for resistance might be hidden in the sensory, what minor acts of resistance we might find there. I hope (while avoiding the suggestion that smelling onions, etc., can be a substitute for material, social change) this poem can open a little aperture of hope on the days we feel crushed by our inability to break out of the larger systems.”
—Franny Choi


Franny Choi is the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody, 2014) and the chapbook Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). She is an MFA candidate at the University of Michigan, cohost of the poetry podcast VS, and a member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her second collection, Soft Science, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in 2019.



Photo credit: Tarfia Faizullah

Poetry by Choi


Death by Sex Machine

(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017)

"Shared Plight" by Kamilah Aisha Moon


"Humanimal [I want to make a dark mirror out of writing]" by Bhanu Kapil


"One Child Has Brown Eyes" by Marilyn Chin


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Thanks to Kaveh Akbar, author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James Books, 2017), who curated Poem-a-Day this month. Read more about Akbar and our other guest editors for the year.

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