Real Phones and Geniune Fakes

Reading Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes felt like a dream. Each of Nicky Beer’s poems is blurred around the edges, swirling with hairspray, Marlene Dietrich, and magic tricks. The collection is funny yet emotional, blunt yet reverent, and illuminating. Each poem wraps readers in a soft blanket, but also fits them for a teased wig and sits them down in Dollywood. The story told is one of queerness, which is: a John Hughes movie, Batman, David Bowie, penicillin, and a stereoscope. Beer‘s work reads like a love letter, asking readers to embrace queerness in all its glam and tackiness. Recommended by Nikita

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ISBN: 9781571315397
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Published: Milkweed Editions - March 8th, 2022

What is illusion--a deception, or a revelation? What is a poem--the truth, or "a diverting flash, / a mirror showing everything / but itself"?