DAVID LY MYTHICAL MAN (Palimpsest Press/Anstruther Books)
Praise for Mythical Man
Mythical Man walks out of the dreamscape and plunges straight into your heart. David Ly’s debut collection is a shimmering mirage, a shapeshifting vision that bares both its fangs and its throat to deliver the sexiest, most exciting gay poetry you’ve read in years. Fairytale themes, contemporary gay culture, and the emotional geography of diaspora come together to form a marvellous beast that challenges mainstream notions of male beauty, gay sex, and Asian identity. Ly’s voice is as raw as the cry of a wolf, but his use of language is as meticulous as the construction of a honeybee’s hive. These are poems that snarl, whine, gurgle, hiss, and rattle like the wild longing that’s lived in your soul for as long as you can remember. Read them.— Kai Cheng Thom, author of a place called No Homeland
In his aching debut, David Ly shatters any myth that racism doesn’t continue to pervade queer spaces. Thick with desire, and self-interrogation, these poems reject normative ideas of manhood to create something new.—Vivek Shraya, author of I’m Afraid of Men
David Ly is a poet from Vancouver, BC. He graduated SFU with a BA in World Literature, English, and Creative Writing and a Master of Publishing. He is the author of the chapbook Stubble Burn (2018). His poetry has also appeared in publications such as PRISM international, The Puritan, carte blanche, Pulp Literature, The Maynard,Plenitude, and The /tƐmz/ Review. He has been long-listed for the Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Poetry and short-listed for the Magpie Award in Poetry. Mythical Man is David’s first full-length collection. Twitter @dlylyly.