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  • Beautiful, sensuous and plural ... Paul Tran has written a vital and visceral collection. Breathtaking

    Joelle Taylor, author of C+NTO & OTHERED POEMS
  • Brave ... The pendulum between resistance and repetition in trauma both personal and historical moves throughout this striking collection, which is full of mirrors, pictures, paintings and retold myths, as though trying to articulate the unspeakable from various angles ... Though often nightmarish and dark, there are flashes of abandon, starlight, and moments of shimmering release that extend from costume to cosmos, so that by the end the speaker is running 'naked but for my snakeskin coat / so fast through wind I become the wind' ... an auspicious debut

    Seán Hewitt, Irish Times
  • Every so often, a true masterwork seemingly springs forth fully formed as if the goddess Athena, armor flashing and sword raised ... All the Flowers Kneeling arrived ready for war ... an exquisitely crafted labyrinth of a book

    Electric Literature
  • A testament to queer self-love ... a monument to [what] persists

    them.us
  • Vivid ... searingly honest, beautifully told depictions of survival and self-love

    Publishers Weekly
  • [A] powerful debut ... marshals narrative lyrics and stark beauty

    The New York Times Book Review
  • Paul Tran's debut collection of poems is indelible, this remarkable voice transforming itself as you read, eventually transforming you. I felt at times a passenger, a ghost, implicated, consumed, and ultimately delivered back to myself, renewed

    Alexander Chee, author of HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL
  • Between grief and love, past and future, trauma and luminous survival, these are searching, generous poems that enact the resilience of the human spirit, how the art of language-making - story, truth-telling - allows us not only to survive but thrive. This is a stunning debut

    Natasha Trethewey, author of THRALL
  • Ravishing ... Formally inventive, psychologically acute ... Tran's debut demonstrates the capacity of poetry to tell the truths which will set you free

    Dana Levin, author of BANANA PALACE
  • All the Flowers Kneeling is a gorgeous debut ... Out of violences intimate and imperial, out of survival and self-fashioning, Paul Tran sculpts new forms to contain all. This book is a richness. What a stellar poet for our day

    Solmaz Sharif, author of LOOK

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