Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics

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Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics
Edited by TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson

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Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics
Edited by TC Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson

Nightboat Books, 2013
Poetry, LGBT Studies | $27.95
paperback, 544 pages, 7 x 10 in
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-937658-10-6

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The first of its kind, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, gathers together a diverse range of 55 poets with varying aesthetics and backgrounds. In addition to generous samples of poetry by each trans writer, the book also includes “poetics statements”—reflections by each poet that provide context for their work covering a range of issues from identification and embodiment to language and activism.

“Just as poetry bends language away from the utilitarian task of communication, towards unanticipated expressive potentials, so too do trans and genderqueer ways of being have the capacity to exceed and transform what society would have our bodies mean and do. The poets collected in this anthology live their art as well as write it. Let them change you. Don’t miss a word.” – Susan Stryker

“Troubling the Line deftly oscillates between poems and poetics statements, detonating sense and sense making through powerfully embodied zones of sexual desire and social play. Herein are rich meditations of self-fashioning for a future that trips the hard wiring of our nervousness into fearless acts of being. In this stunning and timely anthology are complex mirrors and long shadows where the trans and genderqueer self evolves, re-shot into poem as photograph, as exercise, as memory, art made from enduring phenomenon into lasting primer.” – Ronaldo Wilson

Poets Include:

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Aimee Herman, Amir Rabiyah, Ari Banias, Ariel Goldberg, Bo Luengsuraswat, CAConrad, Ching-In Chen, Cole Krawitz, D’Lo, David Wolach, Dawn Lundy Martin, Drew Krewer, Duriel E. Harris, EC Crandall, Eileen Myles, Eli Clare, Ely Shipley, Emerson Whitney, Eric Karin, Fabian Romero, Gr Keer, HR Hegnauer, J. Rice, j/j hastain, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jake Pam Dick, Jen (Jay) Besemer, Jenny Johnson, John Wieners, Joy Ladin, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, kari edwards, Kit Yan, Laura Neuman, Lilith Latini, Lizz Bronson, Lori Selke, Max Wolf Valerio, Meg Day, Micha Cárdenas, Monica / Nico Peck, Natro, Oliver Bendorf, Reba Overkill, Samuel Ace, Stacey Waite, Stephen Burt, TC Tolbert, Tim Trace Peterson, Trish Salah, TT Jax, Y. Madrone, Yosmay del Mazo & Zoe Tuck

5 Responses to Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics

  1. ruth lepson October 18, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    march onward!

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