I Am In Bed With You

Author(s): Emma Barnes

NZ Poetry

A bold, playful, poetic exploration of sex, gender and identity. I am in bed with you. The room varies. But I’m always on the left. I am pulling the pieces of myself into myself. In the winter I left myself behind in the 90s. I’m coming back now. You can see the light touching me. I can see layers of tissue finally making a body. And once I have a body I have a head. And in my head are these thoughts. —From ‘I am in bed with you’ Playful and fluid but completely serious, Emma Barnes’s surreal phantasmagoria I Am in Bed with You leads us through the very personal worlds of sex, gender and the body. Barnes cracks jokes, makes us uncomfortable, shows us a little tenderness, leaves a lot unsaid and does it all with language that provokes and confounds. ‘I’m a mentally ill, / married, chronically ill, queer woman with two feet underground’, the author reveals. ‘I birth Sigourney Weaver’s android baby’, they tell us next. This collection is personal and fantastical, funny and excruciating. It’s poetry in the process of unravelling most of what you thought you knew.


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Emma Barnes studied at the University of Canterbury and lives in Aro Valley, Wellington. Their poetry has been widely published for more than a decade in journals including Landfall, Turbine | Kapohau, Cordite and Best New Zealand Poems. They are currently co-editing with Chris Tse an anthology of LGBTQIA+ and takatāpui writing from Aotearoa New Zealand for Auckland University Press.

General Fields

  • : 9781869409388
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : Auckland University Press
  • : March 2021
  • : books

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  • : Emma Barnes