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Poems of the body—its truths, its failings, its landscapes. This is a collection examining gender and identity: the physical & performative, an attempt to upend & interrogate its intimacy or lack thereof.

Selected and introduced by jayy dodd.
Paperback, First, 80 pages
Published November 24th 2017 by Platypus Press (first published November 23rd 2017)
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Crystal
This intimate collection of poems make one feel fully seated in the body, feel the weight of it, but without a plunge into despair or self-hatred. The range of genders and experiences displayed here is vital to the topic. Favorites were Kayleb Rae Candrilli's "on wanting top surgery in the fascist regime," and Brianna Albers' "Good Riddance." The brief taste makes me look forward to Kayleb Rae Candrilli's forthcoming book from YesYes, What Runs Over, and further entrenches my support and respect ...more
Ari
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
excelletn, beautiful, favourite
Meagan Cahuasqui
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic poems

I appreciated the strong emotions evoked from each poem, especially the ones that utilized anger to convey grief. A beautiful collection of poetry
Sarah Clark
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant collection on the trans and queer body. Many works you'll miss out on if you don't sink your teeth in now. ...more
Eli
I had this on my shelf for a while, and I wish I had read it sooner because this collection is divine and devastating. I will reread this for the rest of my life. Truly wonderful poetry.
John
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: poetry
I've got a poem in this. I like my poem a lot, but also: every other poem (imo) in the anthology/collection is probably a better reason to buy this book than mine.

Also, what I love about this anthology, besides the poems themselves, is that it's the length of a normal book of poetry. Which is something I never realized was what I wanted an anthology to be if I'm actually going to READ it. jayy dodd & Platypus Press did a great job putting this together.
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jayy dodd is a multi-talented blxk trans femme: all at once poet, journalist, designer, and editor. They are the writer of [sugar in the tank], Mannish Tongues, and their collection The Black Condition ft. Narcissus will be available next year. jayy writes not only about being queer and trans, but also about the black condition, language, and culture. In addition, they are also a co-editor of Bett ...more

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