Cadence Chung’s visceral and intelligent debut anomalia casts poetry as scientific investigation. Populated with strange specimens, cicada husks and glittering gems, these poems explore the love and cruelty in human nature. Chung is in conversation with her literary ancestors, from Sappho to Byron, bringing their work into the world of sparkly eyeshadow and McDonald’s bathrooms. She writes with an open heart, cut through with sardonic wit. anomalia dissects the ideas of otherness, belonging and desire.