Here from Brooklyn by way of the Viejas Reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation is Tommy “Teebs” Pico, a poet on a mission if ever there was any. He is here with Feed (Tin House), the fourth in a linked series of works that includes IRL, Nature Poem, and Junk, all published in consecutive years.
“Funny, irreverent, profound. This book is an ode to love and language and food and what right now sounds like. It’s also a meditation on what it means to belong on/to this planet/universe. Delivered in headlines, texts, conversations, song lyrics, puns, rhymes, and speculation about the possibility of life on other planets, Tommy Pico’s Feed sprawls across time and this country. It is endlessly inventive and stays fun while bringing the heat and weight of a world we’re all helplessly watching burn down. As his character/AKA Teebs says of Oakland rapper Two $hort, the same is true of Tommy Pico in this book and in general: Vigor is the art he argues for.” —Tommy Orange.
“Tommy Pico’s Feed is the poet’s most ambitious work yet. Part tour diary, part tracklist, part play, part by part Pico tops his epic run of books off with this gut-wrenching, gut-busting, gutter-mouth offering of a body in lust, in isolation, in danger, in memory, in future, and all the transits between. Feed is a feast of Pico’s signature intellect, humor, and linguistic demolition—all sharper than ever. No one corrals our day’s chaos like Pico, who serves it up to us as some of the wildest verse the world has ever seen. Bon appétit, bitches.” —Danez Smith.
Tommy Pico has been a Lambda Literary Fellow, the winner of a Whiting Award, and the Brooklyn Public Library’s Literature Prize. With Morgan Park, he co-curates the Poets With Attitude (PWA) reading series.