Dream of Me as Water



A stunning sophomore collection from Mythical Man author David Ly.

Moving beyond the themes of race, identity, and personhood navigated in Mythical Man, David Ly’s second book of poetry, Dream of Me as Water, explores ways of being that are not beholden to the expectations of others. Using water as his central metaphor, Ly meditates on how identity is never a stagnant concept, but instead something that is intangible, fluid, and ever-evolving. Dream of Me as Water revels in the nuances of the self, flouting outside perceptions for deeper, more personal realities.


David Ly

David Ly is the author of Mythical Man, which was shortlisted for the 2021 ReLit Poetry Award. He is also co-editor (with Daniel Zomparelli) of Queer Little Nightmares: An Anthology of Monstrous Fiction and Poetry (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2022). David’s poems have appeared in publications such as Arc Poetry Magazine, Best Canadian Poetry, PRISM International, and The Puritan, where he won the inaugural Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence. Dream of Me as Water is his sophomore poetry collection.
Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price


Blue Passion – Autobiography as a Thunderstorm – Dream – There Are Thousands of Tardigrades on the Moon. Now What? – What He Saw – Love – Hello, Worry – … 21 $2.10


Good Morning, Stress – While Watching Life in Color with David Attenborough – Questioning My Fears – Dream of Me – Seas of Origin – Conducting Myself – Demons … 21 $2.10


Same Ocean – Seawater – Ask and Answer – Eels – I Would Love to Love – Marine Snow (My Wish) – I Want to Believe in Pink Himalayan Salt Lamps – … 25 $2.50