I think that “Someday I’ll Love [REDACTED]” is at its center, violent—a collection of brutal memories building up to expose a fleshy heart. It’s a descent into madness. The choice for me to use [REDACTED] came out of that self-destruction: instead of using my name, I wanted there to be a degree of separation between, me, the speaker, and me, the person being spoken to. They are the same person, but to deal with your own body and self is to deal with a different beast entirely.
Daniel Liu (he/him/他) is a Chinese-American writer, editor, and musician from Orlando, FL. His work appears or is forthcoming in Diode Poetry Journal, Kissing Dynamite, National Poetry Quarterly, and elsewhere. His work has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, Bowseat Organization, and the Live Poets' Society of New Jersey. He founded and currently runs INKSOUNDS, an interdisciplinary arts gallery. His debut chapbook, COMRADE, is forthcoming from fifth wheel press. Find him online @danielliu_1 or at http://daniel-liu.carrd.co/.