Kim Koga, girlgirl


In “The Cannon,” Leslie Scalapino theorizes that “individuals in writing…may create a different syntax to articulate experience, as that is the only way experience occurs.” Kim Koga’s girlgirl responds, “Skinbag dragdrag a different grass lad,” as it forcefully cartwheels through radical use of anaphora, fragmentation, and clausal jamming to create a leaking, yolky vision of femininity that is both an embrace of and a rejoinder to Tiqqun’s Young-Girl, who “exemplifies all of the appropriate indifference…demanded by the conditions of metropolitan life.” An utterly adventurous work, Koga’s girlgirl “gets collapse” as urgently as it follows its lines of fantasy, where “girlgirl forge a nuvaring vaginal coin operated birth control machine.” Koga's work is an indescribable reading experience that pulses with fluids, abjection, and moments of crystalline insight.