Pink Waves

(forthcoming, Omnidawn 2021)


Pink Waves is a poem of radiant elegy and quiet protest, in loose sonata form. It accrues lines written in conversation with Waveforms by Amber DiPietro and Denise Leto, and microtranslations of syntax in “Black Dada” by Adam Pendleton, itself written via Ron Silliman’s Ketjak. Moving through the shifting surfaces of inarticulable loss, and the granular edges of dark, sad matter, Nakayasu completed the book in the presence of audience members in a three-day durational performance. Held within: a shimmering haunting of tenderness, hunger, and detritus. “We ate them.”