Set in the 90s, alternating between the storied quads of Oxford University and the dank recesses of London pubs given over to public displays of queer BDSM, Learned chronicles poet and Rhodes Scholar Carellin Brooks’ extreme explorations of mind and body. In these poems, the speaker trembles on the verge of discovery, pushing her physical limits through practices of pain, permission, and pleasure. But her inability to negotiate the unspoken elite codes of Oxford begs the question: how to unlearn a legacy of family dissolution and abuse? Bold, nuanced, and ultimately triumphant, Learned chronicles an intimate education in flesh, desire, and bodily memory.


Carellin Brooks

Carellin Brooks is the author of One Hundred Days of Rain, which won the 2016 ReLit Award for Fiction and the 2016 Edmund White Award for Debut LGBT+ Fiction, and was published in French by Les Allusifs. She is also the author of Fresh Hell, Every Inch a Woman, and Wreck Beach. Brooks lives in Vancouver and is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia.
Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
Fixed – Slip – Wonderland – Alice – Moral Tutor – Dungeon 101 – Heard & Said – On Offer – Orange Crush – Ginger Snap – Beats Me …
33 $3.30
Lesson Plan – First Try (Dark Blues) – A Cup, Bitter(s) – Philosophical, Season(al) – Hard Bar – Tender Bitten – Break/Try Again – Old World – Meet …
34 $3.40
Body – Blow – Bloody – Show – Button Fly – Hold Fast – Story – Tell – Good Fight/Give It Up – Lash Line – Yesterday – Today
31 $3.10