Book Review: Soft Science by Franny Choi

Soft Science

Soft Science by Franny Choi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Choi’s poetry is innovative, unafraid, and visceral in so many surprising ways in her collection Soft Science. The unifying concept is a fusion of science and soul, technology and body, as she uses poems crafted around the Turing Test as a frame for the different sections of the book. As detached as the poems can intentionally be, often self-referencing as a “cyborg,” they are also deeply personal. Choi’s work lives in a place that is foreign but familiar, human but more (or less). The structure in many of these poems carries a particular kind of cool.

My favorites in this collection:
*All six “Turing Test” poems
*Making Of
*On the Night of the Election
*A Brief History of Cyborgs
*I Swiped Right on the Borg

and especially
*Perihelion: A History of Touch
*Introduction to Quantum Theory

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