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Publisher's Summary

IRL is a sweaty summertime poem composed like a long text message, rooted in the epic tradition of A.R. Ammons, ancient Kumeyaay Bird Songs, and Beyoncé’s visual albums. It follows Teebs, a reservation-born, queer NDN weirdo, trying to figure out his impulses/desires/history in the midst of Brooklyn rooftops, privacy in the age of the Internet, street harassment, suicide, boys boys boys, literature, colonialism, religion, leaving one's 20s, and a love/hate relationship with English. He’s plagued by an indecision, unsure of which obsessions, attractions, and impulses are essentially his, and which are the result of Christian conversion, hetero-patriarchal/colonialist white supremacy, homophobia, Bacardi, gummy candy, and not getting laid. 
IRL asks, what happens to a modern, queer indigenous person a few generations after his ancestors were alienated from their language, their religion, and their history? Teebs feels compelled towards “boys, burgers, booze”, though he begins to suspect there is perhaps a more ancient goddess calling to him behind art, behind music, behind poetry.
©2016 Birds, LLC (P)2018 Birds, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ijeoma on 02-13-18

Substantial Poems

For the longest time, I have been wanting to read or listen to this book because I discovered that a theme in this book is colonialism. The poems are great. As someone from a colonized continent I could relate to some of his poems. The ones I couldn’t relate to, I also love. His poems are about religion, language, suicide, homosexuality, being harassed on streets and so much more. Tommy Pico is really talented. I hope he writes more books! Highly recommended to people who love poetry.

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5 out of 5 stars
By BookishMarginalia on 04-20-18

#OwnVoices

#OwnVoices has never felt more appropriate than in this audiobook read by the author where he does not shy away from his Native American roots / culture / values or his identity as a gay man.

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