MOONSICK is the debut chapbook by Korbin Jones, written in the form of an epic poem and narrated by an unknown protagonist. The book guides readers along a journey of self-discovery, shame, and queer liberation, transporting you into a strange yet familiar world by the poem's fantastical imagery and poetic language, a world where scorpion’s carry messages, glitter belongs in beards, and skins are left on the dance floor. MOONSICK is an experience you won’t soon forget.
available via Finishing Line Press
MOONSICK is a
“queer Alice in Wonderland.”
Praise for MOONSICK
“MOONSICK is an exploration of personal mythology. Using themes of escapism and portal fantasy, Jones has created a queer Alice in Wonderland . . . This long poem pulls the reader from one edge to another, leaving them wondering how they can slough away their own skin and become something new.”
—Hannah V Warren, [re]construction of the necromancer
“Jones’s blending of elements both natural and fantastical creates an interesting yet consistent image, such as that of voyeurs gazing through an ethereal wall, fertilizing the soil that is the skin. Through such events, the reader becomes wary that they’ve also become voyeurs, as the narrator reveals all of himself to us.”
—Jeremy Mifsud, From the Backseat of a Bus
“The best parts of MOONSICK are the natural, flowing fluidity of the tone and the abstract style with which Jones writes to describe their lust, pain, and longing.”
—Venus Davis, Sensitive Divination
Korbin Jones was born to two farming parents in rural Missouri. Alongside his older brother, Korbin grew up exploring museums, state parks, and coastlines, and from a young age, he loved the ways in which he could express himself through art and writing.
After graduating high school in 2013, he attended Northwest Missouri State University and, in 2018, became the first in his family to obtain a Bachelor's degree. He graduated with honors, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in two areas: Creative Writing & Publishing and Spanish.
He then moved to Lawrence, Kansas—where he currently lives—to attend the University of Kansas and pursue his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, which he will complete this coming May. Korbin has scholarly interests in queerness, contemporary poetics, trauma theory, literary translation, Spanish-language literature, multilingual practices, Guaraní language and culture, and the country of Paraguay.