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The Hormone of Darkness

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Tilsa Otta; Translated from the Spanish by Farid Matuk
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We can go on like that forever
building paradise from our urges
out of our fetishes our loves our vices
How lucky
We’ll wait for you then
Don’t be too long
Bookmark the page
We’ll be Here
—From “The New Heaven”
In Tilsa Otta’s The Hormone of Darkness, we find a queer, Latinx person who has lived through iterations of authoritarian rule, and who answers these conditions by creating poetry that doubles down on a life force that precedes and exceeds received notions of the poetic. Here poetry is bawdy, fabulist, and spiritual—in short, it is alive. Otta has created a heaven where readers can go after they die.
Drawing from four volumes spanning Otta’s career, translator-poet Farid Matuk has curated a playlist we can dance and dream to, one that honors Otta’s drive toward liberation through both perreo in the club and transdimensional wandering among the stars.

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A bilingual selection of tender, transgressive poems by a Peruvian poet and multimedia artist

About the Author

Tilsa  Otta
Credit: Photographer Credit / Víctor Idrogo
Tilsa Otta has published five collections of poems and the queer novel Lxs niñxs de oro de la alquimia sexual. A multimedia artist, Otta works across video, illustration, and text. She lives in Mexico and Peru.
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Farid Matuk has authored several books, and their translations have appeared in Kadar Koli, Bombay Gin, Translation Review, and Mandorla. They have received fellowships from the Headlands Center for the Arts and United States Artists. They live in Arizona.
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  • “This hormone is pulling me, at last, out of a darkness and towards an optimism I thought long since burned out. . . . La oscuridad is a brand-new lightning-old slow-motion perreo play everlasting planetarium tattooed on the body of the angel of intimate futurity.” —Brandon Shimoda

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