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Matthew Hittinger’s Skin Shift
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Skin Shift by Matthew Hittinger
Featuring Cover Art by Michael DiMotta
$19.95; ISBN: 978-1937420-14-7
8 x 10 Perfect-Bound Paperback; 114 Pages
Release Date: June 1, 2012
ABOUT THE BOOK
Skin Shift, Matthew Hittinger’s first full-length collection of poetry, assembles a metamorphosis taxonomy in poems that spider spin, that nimbus twirl into Wonder Woman and leap with the Aboriginal kangaroo woman, that escape from a sub-trunk with Houdini and seduce like the Amazon’s pink river dolphin man. Traditional forms morph into experimental narratives, lyrics and dramatic monologues that present an invitation to slip inside the skins of others and to experience the mythologies that resonate in modern times.
“Matthew Hittinger’s poems have all the cool of an exquisitely-chiseled statue, but the blood that charges through their veins is pure hot glory. Steeped in myth, yet grounded by artifacts of the present, Skin Shift delights us with a sensuous exploration of the body and its transformations. Even the poems themselves are shape-shifters, daring to branch across the page like tattoos, or unfolding into prose. Sumptuous and elemental, and forever quickening our pulse,Skin Shift is an unforgettable debut.”
- Mary Biddinger, author of Saint Monica and Prairie Fever
“Drawing on myth and folklore, interrogating all manner of embodied identities, Matthew Hittinger conjures poems like spells, tells them like fortunes, metamorphoses material like magic in his stunning debut volume. Figures swirl, twirl, dance, shape shift, and boldly, skin shift as the shimmer of language tracks, tacks, shadows, and catalyzes shifts in us. Some of the poems break boundaries like taboos, shocking us with sass, while others cast their lines utterly into invention.”
- Cynthia Hogue, author of Or Consequence
“There’s no other way to say it: Skin Shift is a book of actual queer magic. Matthew Hittinger’s addictive incantations brazenly remix mythologies, both ancient and ultramodern. What results is a serious work of queer world-making: the forbidden homo-history of humankind in lusty, literary, lyric technicolor. Transformative in every way.”
- Troy Dwyer, author of Caw and World Headquarters
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matthew Hittinger was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English from Muhlenberg College in 2000, and his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan in 2004. He is the author of Pear Slip (2007), which won the Spire Press 2006 Chapbook Award, Narcissus Resists (2009), and Platos de Sal (2009). Matthew’s honors include a Hopwood Award and The Helen S. and John Wagner Prize from the University of Michigan, the Kay Deeter Award from the journal Fine Madness, and multiple Sundress Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominations. He lives in New York City.
ABOUT THE PRESS
Located just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas, Sibling Rivalry Press develops, publishes, and promotes outlaw artistic talent. Our aim is to cultivate literary and poetic rock stars. We are home to Assaracus, the world’s only print journal devoted to contemporary gay poetry. We are excited to announce that in 2013, Sibling Rivalry Press will release The Talking Day, the latest poetry collection from Michael Klein.