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A profile of punk poet Eileen Myles, who has a new memoir out, Afterglow, and whose first autobiographical novel, Cool for You, has recently been re-released with an introduction by I Love Dick author Chris Kraus.
Myles (who prefers gender-neutral pronouns) has been publishing since the 70s, but has lately been experiencing a new wave of popularity, and gathering new young fans, because of their Twitter presence, and also because of the character inspired by them on Transparent. Myles speaks with interviewer Helena Fitzgerald about the importance of poetry and art as forms of resistance right now, under the current U.S. presidential administration.