Oh You Robot Saints!

“Eye-opening, jaunty: this is a whirl of a book.” The Millions

One of New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2021

New and Noteworthy Poetry, The New York Times

“[Frank] picks at the tension between born and unborn, magic and science, fertility and sterility, the sexed and the sexless, the lifeless, the living, and the never-lived. . .That she reckons with the machine makes the aliveness of her voice, the heat behind it, all the more evident, and all the more urgent.” The Boston Globe

“”Oh You Robot Saints! amasses many compelling visions and intriguing premises. It also holds out for the human subject’s liberation from technological subjugation by fighting back — ‘” Hyperallergic

Oh You Robot Saints! brings the sensibility of a poet to the world of automatons and produces intriguing poems that help us understand our “quest to be little gods.” Rain Taxi

“‘The truth is in the job, not the wound’ is one of my favorite lines in Rebecca Morgan Frank’s daring Oh You Robot Saints!, a book in which the beauty, jealousy, and worship of the gods take center stage. Part of the precision of this book and every one of its lines has to do with Frank’s commitment to showing us tragedy as the Greeks would through her indomitable use of second person like a director giving instructions: ‘Fill the ark: start / with the giant flower / beetle . . .’ And part of it has to do with full-on Sapphic tenderness: ‘The women I’ve loved and lived with are dead, / and today it felt like spring might return.’ This volume proves Rebecca Morgan Frank is a poet of the exact and the harrowing.” –Jericho Brown

“Frank gazes directly at our compulsion to “build / a body that moves,” offering these poems as a kinetic example of their own argument. “To be true is to be an imitation,” Frank argues; painstaking, handmade, Frank’s clockwork poems strike true.” –Kimberly Johnson

“Poem after poem reveals profound and frightening thinking-through using robots as a means to talk about more human things: fertility, mothers, and children (and their absences) and what sacrifices robots may make in their saintly and human forms. This is a weird and interesting book and you should read it.” –Sean Singer

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