The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: The Book Eaters by Carolina Hotchandani

This selection, chosen by guest editor Sarah Clark, is from The Book Eaters by Carolina Hotchandani, released by Perugia Press in 2023.


In class, a student of mine quotes Heidegger:
Every man is born as many men 
and dies as a single one. 
He moves on, pontificates on poetry,
claiming the air around us—
an estate he’ll soon inherit. 
My mind can’t register the new sounds
his mouth makes as I think of every woman 
I know and whether Heidegger’s aphorism 
applies. I am a professor and new mother 
who hears the boy say, Heidegger said, 
and he becomes Heidegger as well as himself, 
while I am one woman in the middle 
of all the men making word sounds.

Carolina Hotchandani is a Latinx/South Asian poet born in Brazil and raised in various parts of the United States. Her debut poetry collection The Book Eaters won the 2023 Perugia Press Prize and was released in September 2023. Hotchandani holds degrees from Brown, Texas State, and Northwestern universities. Her honors include scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Rona Jaffe Foundation, Community of Writers, Tin House Writers’ Workshop, and Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. Her poetry has appeared in AGNIAlaska Quarterly ReviewBeloit Poetry JournalBlackbird, Cincinnati ReviewMissouri ReviewPrairie Schooner, and other journals. She is a Goodrich Assistant Professor of English in Omaha, Nebraska, where she lives with her husband and daughter. 

Sarah Clark is a mad crip genderfuck two-spirit enrolled Nanticoke editor, writer, and cultural consultant. They are Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor at ANMLY, Editor-in-Chief at ALOCASIA: a journal of queer plant-based writing, Co-Editor of The Queer Movement Anthology (Seagull Books, 2024) and the Bettering American Poetry series, and a current Board member and Assistant Editor at Sundress Publications. They have edited folios for publications including the GLITTERBRAIN folio and a folio on Indigenous & Decolonial Futures & Futurisms at ANMLY. Sarah freelances, and has worked with a number of literary and arts publications and organizations, including the Best of the Net anthology, contemptorary, Curious Specimens, #PoetsResist at Glass Poetry, Apogee Journal, Blackbird, the Paris Review, and elsewhere.


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