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The Elvis Machine is a book of poems inspired by living, loving, and hate-fucking in Memphis, Tennessee—a city still kissed with the 1950s. Forged in a dumpster fire of toxic Elvises, these poems are pornographic bad romances, psychedelic love dirges, and threnodies for sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll. They'll make you laugh off the pain as much as you'll cry, cringe, and feel The Elvis Machine is a book of poems inspired by living, loving, and hate-fucking in Memphis, Tennessee—a city still kissed with the 1950s. Forged in a dumpster fire of toxic Elvises, these poems are pornographic bad romances, psychedelic love dirges, and threnodies for sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll. They'll make you laugh off the pain as much as you'll cry, cringe, and feel exposed in this 'No Boys Allowed' clubhouse of feminine rage and healing.


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The Elvis Machine is a book of poems inspired by living, loving, and hate-fucking in Memphis, Tennessee—a city still kissed with the 1950s. Forged in a dumpster fire of toxic Elvises, these poems are pornographic bad romances, psychedelic love dirges, and threnodies for sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll. They'll make you laugh off the pain as much as you'll cry, cringe, and feel The Elvis Machine is a book of poems inspired by living, loving, and hate-fucking in Memphis, Tennessee—a city still kissed with the 1950s. Forged in a dumpster fire of toxic Elvises, these poems are pornographic bad romances, psychedelic love dirges, and threnodies for sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll. They'll make you laugh off the pain as much as you'll cry, cringe, and feel exposed in this 'No Boys Allowed' clubhouse of feminine rage and healing.

33 review for The Elvis Machine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Flowers

    'The Elvis Machine' is not about how the world honors legends, but about the moment that a human officially becomes one ... that hymen-displacing, newly-burst pinata rite-of-presage on the proverbial golden toilet. Like Alejandro Jodorowsky in 'The Holy Mountain,' Vodicka is busily engaged in turning feces to gold throughout this extraordinary book. From dazzling wordplay worthy of Mina Loy ... "Lyre to me, spititual/lovesome in my head/my god of frick/not with child, but with flower" ... to a v 'The Elvis Machine' is not about how the world honors legends, but about the moment that a human officially becomes one ... that hymen-displacing, newly-burst pinata rite-of-presage on the proverbial golden toilet. Like Alejandro Jodorowsky in 'The Holy Mountain,' Vodicka is busily engaged in turning feces to gold throughout this extraordinary book. From dazzling wordplay worthy of Mina Loy ... "Lyre to me, spititual/lovesome in my head/my god of frick/not with child, but with flower" ... to a veritable sex farm of self-deprecating witticisms ... "There's a hard dick where my heart used to be/a widowmaker would probably feel amazing" ... this book pulls no punches, and no, um, appendages, either. It's also an incredibly moving ode to intimacy in 2020's era of widespread panic & death. "I wasn't half bad/at holding your head in my hands/while the world ceased to exist//knowing I'd survive/and you wouldn't," writes Vodicka."You put your arm around my cold shoulder/and we watched the world end." But anyone lucky enough to read this book will be able to enjoy a finale where everyone is fortunate enough to be able to "win without dying." Which is, after all, what we've always hoped to be able to do, in ghost or out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stina

    Get this book. It's punk, it's feminist, it's lit and it's literary, but that's not why I'm telling you to read it. I'm not even telling you to read it. I'm telling you to experience it. The experience of reading The Elvis Machine is like taking a wild, raunchy ride on the back of rapid-fire puns conveying blunt truths like you've never heard them conveyed. Really, like you've never. Her tongue is so far in her cheek it's pierced it, but she's authentic, too, still smiling, and choking it up for Get this book. It's punk, it's feminist, it's lit and it's literary, but that's not why I'm telling you to read it. I'm not even telling you to read it. I'm telling you to experience it. The experience of reading The Elvis Machine is like taking a wild, raunchy ride on the back of rapid-fire puns conveying blunt truths like you've never heard them conveyed. Really, like you've never. Her tongue is so far in her cheek it's pierced it, but she's authentic, too, still smiling, and choking it up for us, page after page, all this stuff women have had to choke down. I've been blessed to watch her perform some of this material, and if you can, get the EP, too, so you can hear her do it. Next best thing? Make sure you're all alone, prep yourself by reviewing all your worst and best sexual and romantic experiences, then read it, aloud, slowly, to your teddy bear or your ex's voicemail or the mirror or your cat. Here, see for yourself: "I spend most of my life dangling like meat before men who are not going hungry." & "We'll queef out your cum and flush it down the toilet with our gel manicures, and harvest your orgasms." & "If my own sister is to fuck me with the sword of the patriarchy, ... I'd rather know she knows what she's doing, and means it, while she holds me at cock-point and watches me do it to myself." This book isn't easy. It's resistant and messy and insightful. Let it wash all over you, but you've been warned: it'll be a bit sticky.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Travis

    A beautiful and brutality direct work from one of the sharpest poets in the game today.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gina Tron

    I consumed this entire book in one sitting. Kim's poems are clever, mesmerizing and best of all empowering.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Daniel W.

    Probably the best poetry book I've read in 2020 so far. Kim Vodicka's writing is 21st century modernism that puts the patriarchy on notice and gives no fucks about who gets offended along the way.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dunaway Books

    Great post-modern sex-positive poetry in the tradition of DH Lawrence and Anais Nin. Kim Vodicka is one of the best wordsmiths in the mid-west.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nelson Pyles

    I came across Kim's work via her current publisher Clash Books-run by the ultra dynamic Leza Cantoral. This third outing is absolutely stunning, hilarious and devastating all at one. Kim is an absolute wordsmith with zero fucking around. These poems have teeth. Sometimes they smile and sometimes they bite and more often than not, both at the same time. This is not for the weak or sensitive (re:toxic masculinity.) I really love her work. Pick this up and dig it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Holt Brasher

    When I recieved "The Elvis Machine" in the mail, the first thing I did as a visual artist was admire the cover for a few minutes. As I listed off the items, I thought I was back with my Louisiana-based friends on a drunk parade through the bars and the countryside (Machete, check! Shotgun, check! Dildo? ...Definitely check!) The colors popped and the cover fits perfectly with the poetry packed inside. Upon reading the first pages, I felt a kinship and wondered why that is? Could it be that kinsh When I recieved "The Elvis Machine" in the mail, the first thing I did as a visual artist was admire the cover for a few minutes. As I listed off the items, I thought I was back with my Louisiana-based friends on a drunk parade through the bars and the countryside (Machete, check! Shotgun, check! Dildo? ...Definitely check!) The colors popped and the cover fits perfectly with the poetry packed inside. Upon reading the first pages, I felt a kinship and wondered why that is? Could it be that kinship that transplants away from our Louisiana homes feel, where despite being away we still want to be in that filth? Dig in the dirt? I'm not sure myself, but the scum, the grease, the blood, the semen, the anger, and the frustration cloud and coagulate around Vodicka's poems and I find myself planting my (thick) ass at a table with a bottle of cheap beer to listen in as she describes one night stands, bad lovers, and the dirt under her fingernails and between her thighs to another "one". The words jump around and you follow her lyrical quality, at times at breakneck speeds, and at others slow to swim in the sentences. The imagery is amazing, top-notch, but take time to devote to what you're "seeing" whilst reading. The wordplay and rhyme is so clever I often had to re-read statements after laughing so hard the first time to understand the depth of Vodicka's skill as a writer. I started reading then when I looked up from the page 45 minutes had passed! I would absolutely recommend this collection to those who want a kick in their chest when reading poetry, prefer an "underground" but skilled voice, and anyone wo has ever woken up in their clothes from the night before and looked at the person next to them and went "Oh hell." Relatable, hilarious, independent, raucous, but always confident. This is an achievement, I look forward from more from Vodicka!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Greg Bem

    A sprawling chapter following 2018's Psychic Privates. This is Vodicka's voice in full, just as her readers have come to expect. It doesn't hold back. It is intentionally extreme, and intentionally careful. It breaks and destroys and rebuilds. This is a feminism that is full and immediate, and long, the way it should be!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Cepeda

    Kim Vodicka is a sultry seductive poetess who crafts raw poignant poems about love addiction. The Elvis Machine from CLASH Books is a collection of reflective morning after verses and happy ending odes to pillow princesses. One rendezvous read inside The Elvis Machine and you will fall for this orgasmic love poet. ⠀ Kim Vodicka, the voice of The Elvis Machine is an erotic blend Kim Addonizio, Anais Nin and Kathy Acker. This Memphis poet pens tempting carnal poems of passionate heartbreak. How can Kim Vodicka is a sultry seductive poetess who crafts raw poignant poems about love addiction. The Elvis Machine from CLASH Books is a collection of reflective morning after verses and happy ending odes to pillow princesses. One rendezvous read inside The Elvis Machine and you will fall for this orgasmic love poet. ⠀ Kim Vodicka, the voice of The Elvis Machine is an erotic blend Kim Addonizio, Anais Nin and Kathy Acker. This Memphis poet pens tempting carnal poems of passionate heartbreak. How can you resist a poetry collection filled with lines “when you engineer my pussy/ I believe in absolute exclusivity?” ⠀ The Elvis Machine is filled with seductive poems that will spark an instant addiction. Satisfy your poetic cravings, Vodicka’s memorable bittersweet love verses, will have you lusting for more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kim Vodicka

    Shameless self-congratulation. Feel free to roast me as you wish.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Elsby

    Vodicka’s rhythm makes this book, which is a warrior cry for brazen hussies everywhere. Sex positive feminism for people who love musical language.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Does Graceland come with a love boat ride and a haunted heartbreak mansion? Is it open after dark? I've never been but I read The Elvis Machine in one sitting. After a while I could feel the machine come alive. Maybe I have a fever? Kim Vodicka writes like no one else. These poems are pop songs and greek tragedy and sharp like shattered mirror glass, funny and repeatedly deadly, like America. Definitely bannable, like all love poetry worth a damn.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Josh Dale

    A raucous, perverted stroll through experimental forms, this book is the antithesis of the lighthearted and good natured. As you read, you witness a new lexicon forming right before your eyes. A definite addition for those looking to “expand” their reading palette.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christoph Paul

  16. 4 out of 5

    KarishmaRambaran

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nate

  18. 4 out of 5

    Crystal

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alyazia

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sofia Sears

  21. 4 out of 5

    Greg Mania

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Syring

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brad Moore

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rita

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Carney

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie M. Wytovich

  28. 5 out of 5

    Suz Jay

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  30. 5 out of 5

    Becky

  31. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

  32. 4 out of 5

    Jay Slayton-Joslin

  33. 4 out of 5

    Juliet

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