the fierce bums of doo-wop

The Fierce Bums of Doo-wop

By amber atiya



Amber Atiya’s poems in the fierce bums of doo-wop arouse and terrify in equal measure. She has a rare ability to manage several complex valences at once— eros, comedy, and atrocity among them—skillfully braiding them into a whole, mysteriously synthetic body of work. Pleasurable and risky as “the urge// to fry bacon/ in my vegan/ lover’s favorite pan,” Atiya’s poems answer the urgent call of our times for language that is accurate yet imaginative, slick yet embarrassing, ethically gorgeous and hot as hell.


Amber Atiya is a queer poet and native Brooklynite. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlas ReviewBoston ReviewApogee JournalAnti-Muzzle Magazine, and elsewhere. She received a 2013 Pushcart Prize nomination, a fellowship from Poets House, and is a proud member of a women’s writing group celebrating 12 years and counting.

An interview with Amber Atiya at New Books in Poetry. 9/29/2014

Real Talk with Amber Atiya at Poets&Writers 12/1/2014

Amber Atiya reads from fierce bums at the Poetry Foundation.