Just after Trump got elected, Levin toured across the country with poet Eric Sneathen reading the same essay condemning Reaganism night after night. Their latest book emerged out of a set of questions the poet JT Jennifer Tamayo posed: "What does it mean to you to be a white? How does that show up or not in your work? What is justice?" Levin's self-critical response takes the form of fragmentary notes, giving voice to the complex interplay of learning and everyday life.— From Alex's Picks
Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. JUSTICE PIECE // TRANSMISSION is a perverse and anxious attack on the concept of justice, asking "If I am the symptom, what is the cause?" Ranging from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to feminist sci-fi, white supremacy to the Berkeley Parents Network, gendered violence to Led Zeppelin, disciplinary heterosexuality to hypochondria, these twin poems tackle questions of how personal history and pop culture both build us up and tear us to shreds. Levin's writing lives in a space of contradiction, a call to "Make everything ugly / No aesthetics left / no mysteries / only problems.