Join us on Monday, November 13 at 7pm PT when Michael Dhyne celebrates his collection, Afterlife, with Shelley Wong at 9th Ave!
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Praise for Afterlife
“Dhyne tells us he was born the day that his mother told him his father had died, and it’s true; in this spare, hard-won collection, even those poems that aren’t elegiac are elegies, since their speaker inhabits that originating loss—a wound which is also something very close to the source of love. Scrupulously honest, relentless, and tender, this is a remarkable first book.”—Mark Doty
“Heartbreaking and brilliant in its delicacy and its depths, and in the many ways it reaches from interior drama to range far out into the wider world. The spell cast by this book ties our adult ways of moving through our lives to the primitive child-need for magic and reassurance: the longing we all know for order amid the terrors of random events, and the search, in the welter of our days, for the place or person or state of mind in which self can feel held.”—Debra Nystrom
“Singing his way back into a childhood devastated by the violent, accidental death of his father, the poet channels the voices of all the victims: his mother, his father, and himself. In poem after poem, Dhyne creates that urgent space only the best poets can—a space of anguished compassion where the dead and living gather to haunt and inspirit each other’s being.”—Gregory Orr
Grief fractures and scars. In Afterlife, Michael Dhyne picks up the shattered remains, examining each shard in the light, attempting to find meaning—or at least understanding—in the death of his father. “If I tell the story in reverse, / it still ends with nothing.” And yet it is in the telling that Dhyne’s story—and the world he creates—is filled. The echoes of his childhood loss reverberate through adolescence and adulthood, his body, the bodies of those he loves, and the world around them.
How we are shaped by our experiences, and how we refuse to be shaped, is at the heart of the poet’s search for memory, meaning, and love—in all its forms and wonders. This bold and tender collection is a rousing reminder that poetry and art can heal.
About Michael Dhyne
Michael Dhyne was born and raised in California. His poetry has appeared in the Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, the Iowa Review, and elsewhere. His work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Community of Writers, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the University of Virginia’s MFA program.
About Shelley Wong
Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books), which was longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award. She lives in San Francisco.
Grief fractures and scars. In Afterlife Michael Dhyne picks up the shattered remains, examining each shard in the light, attempting to find meaning—or at least understanding—in the death of his father.
“If I tell the story in reverse, / it still ends with nothing,” he writes.
Shelley Wong's debut, As She Appears (longlisted for the 2022 National Book Award and winner of a 2023 Lambda Literary Award), foregrounds queer women of color in their being and becoming. Following the end of a relationship that was marked by silence, a woman crosses over and embodies the expanse of desire and self-love.