Publication Date

Fall 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Comparative Literature


Samuel Maio


Apollinaire, Baudelaire, French Symbolism, Gothic, Poetics, Queer

Subject Areas

Fine arts; Aesthetics; Gender studies


The Body Dysmorphic is a book of poetry situated around the absurdity of the human body in a world of fast advancing technologies, or around the body as a machine, a pump primed for sexual exertion in a cycle of life and death that is shit across the following pages while the poet grimaces and writhes in an overwhelming fit of laughter-induced vomiting. The whole gimmick is really to inspire a revolution.

In the vain effort to become another scab on the aging dermis of poetics, the poet here reconstructs life from the dismembered parts of ideologies, memories, and language fractioned and then haphazardly arrayed within the boundaries of language. The poet has sought inspiration in the continual attempt to direct the torrenting circulatory symbolism of the written and spoken word into containers that are as complex and interesting as the pathogens inexorably simultaneously conveyed via the pulse of the at once interesting and disgusting human creature.

Poetry is the distillation of language. Here are poems. Get drunk.