Crystal Curry’s Our Arms of Gymnasium is a "gorgeous, fast-moving, fast-morphing catalogue of attitude, this is a book with a sense of sass firmly attached to its excellent sense of humor and of social reality", writes Cole Sweson.
An exploration of sexual evolution and communication, Curry deftly crafts the poems in her sophomore book using a dactylic tetrameter refered to fondly as the "Meter of the Apocalypse". For Curry this book is, "the dissolution of sexual narrative and an effort to piece it back together through logic. The discomfort this book conveys, through lyric, image, and theme, leads readers into a kind of glee and mania as a way to navigate through darker and emptier concerns."
Our Arms of Gymnasium is the winner of the 2009 Slope Editions Poetry Contest selected by Dara Weir. Curry is also the author of Logotherapy Pant (Costra Nostra, 2008) and has been published widely in literary journals including Verse, Denver Quarterly, Conduit, Open City, and Yes. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Fellowship and the recipient of the Maytag Fellowship, Teaching-Writing Fellowship, and Alberta Kelly Postgraduate Fellowship. She lives in Seattle with poet Nico Vassilakis and their two children.