Hardcover wrapped in printed paper, 132 pages, 250 x 305 mm
Heaven is a Prison explores intimacy with and within the austere terrain of Southern California’s high desert. McKnight describes a queer otherworld that is at once utopic and purgatorial. Against this severe expanse, he depicts a solitary pair of Sisyphean protagonists whose intimacies both liberate and bind them. Divided into chapters, the book’s poetic sequences move between the literal and the figurative, between distance and communion, and between violence and affection. Claustrophobic, horizonless landscapes are coupled with images of ethereal clouds and tangled bodies that are simultaneously sculptural, shrewd, and tender.