Purge is my debut chapbook from Workhorse (Lexington, KY). This collection centers on the male body, dysmorphia, disordered eating, and the intersection of those things with closeted bisexuality.
"Pitched between touch and want, sight and perception, and the corporeal versus the incorporeal, Luke Wortley's "PURGE" is simply the most powerful and unflinching rendering of male body dysmorphia I have ever read. Here, bodies shine with the grease of eaten vermin, teeth turn to stone, and from behind the eyes blackbirds cackle. "PURGE" is a bloody, bare knuckle boxing match between the soul and impossible desire. Wortley's writing is as heartbreaking as it is brilliant." - Todd Dillard, author of Ways We Vanish