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Aligned with queer theories of temporality, fragments of memoir rub against the language of psychiatric and medical regimes at the site of a body that does not conform to a gender binary. Some Animal draws out dream-like and supernatural resonances between the literature of pathology and experiences of gender dysphoria.
Paperback, 120 pages
Published February 1st 2018 by Nightboat Books
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Athena Lathos
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was getting my classic silent tears all over Some Animal before the first section was even over; it truly stunned and impressed me throughout. Much like Maggie Nelson, Ely Shipley writes in the mode of autotheory, weaving intertexts like DSM IV passages, historical content, and other poems with his own beautiful work. Because queerness has both deeply personal and broadly sociological valences, the method works in Shipley (as it does in Nelson) to render his experiences with everything from se ...more
Hannah V Warren
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In his TRANS*forming Literature reading, Ely Shipley refers to his poetry as a “collage” that includes memoir, queer theory, history, medical anthropology, pop culture, documentary, letters from therapists, and some snippets from canonical poets. These poems work as fragments of experience, as lyric essay. Beautiful compilation.

"In societies in which the night-mare is not widely
acknowledged or discussed, its dramatic symptoms are
sometimes mistaken for evidence of physical or mental
...more
WriterLadyNYC
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible book of poetry. The sections that are still lingering with me are On Bathrooms and On Beards, and in general, the constant theme of blood throughout the entire book. It was written so fluidly, moving seamlessly from poetic prose or prosey poetry, to found text, and back again. Beautiful and delicate but direct and urgent feeling. Love it!
Haley
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book gives a raw and real reality. With a perspective that any individuals don’t get to see. The author is so real that the reader has a chance to walk in Ely Shipleys shoes.
M.
Idea-rich and emotionally stirring, these sequences of trans poetry move nimbly across scene, image, time, and other texts. My favorite sequence is the last one, On Beards: A Memoir of Passing.
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Ely Shipley is the author of Some Animal (Nightboat Books); Boy with Flowers, winner of the Barrow Street Press book prize judged by Carl Phillips, the Thom Gunn Award, and finalist for a Lambda Literary Award; and On Beards: A Memoir of Passing, a letterpress chapbook from speCt! Books. His poems and cross-genre work also appear in the Western Humanities Review, Prairie Schooner, Crazyhorse, Gree ...more
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