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Moving beyond the themes of race, identity, and personhood navigated in Mythical Man, David Ly’s second book of poetry, Dream of Me as Water, explores ways of being that are not beholden to the expectations of others. Using water as his central metaphor, Ly meditates on how identity is never a stagnant concept, but instead something that is intangible, fluid, and ever-evolving. Dream of Me as Water revels in the nuances of the self, flouting outside perceptions for deeper, more personal realities.
Praise for Dream of Me as Water
In Dream of Me as Water, David Ly guides us through the depths and idiosyncrasies of the surreal, love, and creatures both real and imagined. These poems present the surface and invite the reader to break through that surface, offering swirls of lived emotion and fantastic imaginings. Dream of Me as Water is a wild and rewarding poetic ride, written with David’s generosity, care, and irresistible sly sense of humour.—Jen Sookfong Lee, author of The Shadow List
These bioluminescent poems embrace the beauty and terror of swimming in the dark pools of our subconscious fears and desires. David Ly asks how to love in a world where what we’ve inherited has failed utterly and with the knowledge that what we create may cause harm. And yet, the poet locates the heartbeat of connection—it murmurs in dreams, underwater and Googled lyrics. Dream of Me as Water blooms in resplendent colours while issuing “a warning / to the stars / that they will / need to come / down to the dark.—Adèle Barclay, author of Renaissance Normcore