author of the poetry collection Too Numerous
with Laura Eve Engel
What does it really mean when people are viewed as bytes of data? And is there beauty or an imaginative potential to information culture and the databases cataloging it? As Too Numerous reveals, the raw material of bytes and data points can be reshaped and repurposed for ridiculous, melancholic, and even aesthetic purposes.
Grappling with an information culture that is both intimidating and daunting, Kent Shaw considers the impersonality represented by the continuing accumulation of personal information and the felicities—and barriers—that result: “The us that was inside us was magnificent structures. And they weren’t going to grow any larger.”
Kent Shaw's second book, Too Numerous, was awarded the 2018 Juniper Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The Believer, Ploughshares, and Boston Review. He teaches creative writing and literature at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books). The recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in The Awl, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, The Nation, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere. She's in a band called The Old Year.