A full-length collection of poems coming from Siren Songs (edited by Joanna C. Valente with cover art by Grace Linderholm).
Stuff people have said about it:
"Dumbhead/Stupidface is a spirited new book by Cooper Wilhelm, it has all the intensity and bravado youth can muster, it hits hard."
—Peter Gizzi, finalist for the National Book Award, author of Archeophonics, Threshold Songs, The Outernationale, and Artificial Heart
"Good love stories aren’t interesting to read about. Thankfully, DUMBHEART/STUPIDFACE provides a wonderful reprieve; Wilhelm writes the brutal truths of what it means to love someone with a detached ferocity generally observed in nature, as when a tiger devours a deer. And it is as exciting to watch."
"Here’s where good things go get desperate, Cooper Wilhelm writes. Reading his work is like reading a palm—there is the heart, there is the hurt, and there—right there— is the possibility. It’s a beautiful experience, but it’s also painful to watch the gouging-out of the self; the vulnerability leaves such salt on your lips. I even cried as I read this: And I wept as the gendarmes chained/my hooves with whips, because I saw a poetry that sang loudly and held nothing back. Be not afraid. This collection is an antidote to the hiding-away of truth: our lovers and how they might destroy us, our blood and how it might kill us, our ancestors and how they pool through us. Every poem is a tomb and a light. "
—Lisa Marie Basile, Founder Luna Luna, author of Apocryphal, War/Lock, and Andalucia
Goat's Milk Magazine — "Zest and Rind"
Cosmonauts Avenue — "Even Batteries" and "Poem of a Monologue..."
Rogue Agent — "Mange Ways"
Adirondack Review — "Ἀγάπη No More" and "Behold stout joys of creation."
Moonsick Magazine — "Basement's full."
Vanilla Sex Magazine — "Wächtersteine, kistvaen, The cairn or excavated cist." and "Hummock Bark"
FIVE2ONE — "4 AM"
Reality Beach — "People I Could Name" and "Meat Clock"
Rust + Moth — "Vigilance is the price of mercy."
Queen Mob's Tea House — "Apoptosome."
Drunk in a Midnight Choir — "Squeeze tight." and "Probabilities will collapse."
FLAPPERHOUSE — "Slept Through"
Yes, Poetry — "Summations End"
The Mackinac — "Prayer to Francis Wilhelm"