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  • By Erik Ehn
    Jun 24, 2014
    Gentle reader: Vi Khi Nao is a mind-cannibal. She will eat your brain. The night (reading this is precisely a night) will start out as a cool sleepover, where an older sibling regales you with charged stories that brave the edges of legality, combusting hormones and Pop Tarts in arabesques of the sacred and snark-attacks of mouth-made, explosive blats… narrative loops increasingly about everything ever, the way a bottle of wine is everything, in potential… Then You will try and pull your thoughts together; you will try and look back to see where you’ve been; in realizing you are only here now, there is no was, you will turn back to the present and that will be gone too. You will be demented. Language will have done it to you. The piece starts out as a fairy-tale feeding on myth meat – a lark (or swan) of a story that tilts over to a psychic origin myth if the psyche were a mutant superhero and you had an infinite bowl of cereal to eat as you watched the Saturday morning cartoon of it.... More > Then – cards fall out of the sleeves and the organ bellows breaks; the mad swarming carnies and hucksters that are these paragraphs launch away centripetally from any central own scam, and sex, society - all shape flies loose into the opportunity of a night deeper than sarcasm and as uncertain as desire. You will wake up changed by an older sibling who has just run away from home.< Less
  • By Catherine M
    Jun 3, 2014
    I received Vi Khi Nao's book as a gift and found it a darkly beautiful representation of storytelling and the lesbian erotic. The opportunity to read the author's work was the perfect engagement present and I hope to pass it on to many friends and family in the coming years.
  • By Timothy Gager
    May 27, 2014
    Swans in Half-Mourning is creative and smart. The author’s intelligence shines through which made me desire a new and improved brain. I was left wanting, wishing I could competently do something such as this. The original fables had to be googled and researched for the proper read along. Overall I was left strung out and satisfied by the work.
  • By Dia Felix
    Apr 5, 2014
    Reading Vi Khi Nao’s writing is like ravenously eating a cake containing every expressive and erotic possibility in all the world. “Swans” exceeds our hopes for literature as for romance. Consensual physical terrains go up in sweet smoke as desire effortlessly rules a new landscape. So easily I can forget the other world and slip down this red throat. Just when you haven’t breathed for a while, there’s some humor, some spandex. It’s only life. It’s only true love. I truly love it.
  • By Anthony Luebbert
    Apr 5, 2014
    Perhaps Swans in Half-Mourning is best read with a needle and thread in hand in order to sew a thread through words like ‘eyelash’ and ‘marshmallow’ and ‘cork’ and ‘voice’, so that after the book is finished, the reader may then follow the sewn trail back to the beginning. That is to say, it’s a book best read ten times, with new eyes and new skin each time. Then you might find the eucalyptus that is long burning. Otherwise, to only read it once, is to read a swan. To read it twice is to find a person. To read it three times, is to find a swan again, but this time wearing a shirt stained with tears. Chapter XCVI (Which, backwards says Vi Sees X (Or, as I read it, ‘Vi Marks the Spot’)) is a treat.
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Product Details

Second Edition
Per Second Press
April 5, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.48 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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