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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 ide 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. Poets in Troubling the Line: 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. TC Tolbert, a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice, is the author of territories of folding, spirare, and the forthcoming Gephyromania. Tolbert lives in Tucson. Tim Trace Peterson is a poet, critic, and editor. The author of Since I Moved In and Violet Speech, Peterson is co-editor of the forthcoming Gil Ott: Collected Writings and lives in Brooklyn.


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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 ide 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. Poets in Troubling the Line: 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. TC Tolbert, a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice, is the author of territories of folding, spirare, and the forthcoming Gephyromania. Tolbert lives in Tucson. Tim Trace Peterson is a poet, critic, and editor. The author of Since I Moved In and Violet Speech, Peterson is co-editor of the forthcoming Gil Ott: Collected Writings and lives in Brooklyn.

30 review for Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics

  1. 5 out of 5

    TC

    I'm very proud of what we've created here. Collaboration and community. What else is there?

  2. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is a fantastic and necessary collection of talented poets collected around a common/similar identity of being trans* and/or genderqueer. The poems collected here are outstanding, and the poetics statements add so much to the collection. I am so deeply moved by this book and kicking myself that I was too busy to submit when there was an open call. I'm so glad this substantial anthology is in the world. I can't wait to share it and teach it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Have read this many times now!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Amber Dawn

    Every time I read from this anthology I am awed and somehow changed. So very grateful for the poems and discussion therein.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Danni Green

    As a trans and genderqueer poet myself, I had a deeply transformative experience reading this book. As I read it for the first of what I'm sure will be many, many times, I felt my way around in it, exploring the topography of its contents as they shifted things inside of me in all different directions. The copy I read was purchased by my local public library at my request, but I still think I'll have to eventually buy my own copy; it's one I'll want to have near me all the time.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Max Valerio

    So many amazing poets to discover between these pages. Yes, yours truly, but many, many more! Don't miss out. There's something here for every taste in poetry. The poetics statements lend clarity to each poet's writing. This is also a groundbreaking anthology, since there's never been another like it of trans and genderqueer poets. Yet the poems are not simply identity driven. There are a lot of treasures here. Check this book out!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristiane Weeks-Rogers

    A diverse collection on bodies, politics, poetry, poetics, and being. The author pictures create an interesting play on text/image that may be worth digging into (I won't, here) and the poetics statements may have been my favorite pieces in here; the discussion of what it is to live pushing the boundaries, the poesis of acts and language, the reasons writers write. Huge shout-out to everyone who created space at Naropa University (my MFA alma mater): kari edwards, CAConrad, Eileen Myles, Dawn Lu A diverse collection on bodies, politics, poetry, poetics, and being. The author pictures create an interesting play on text/image that may be worth digging into (I won't, here) and the poetics statements may have been my favorite pieces in here; the discussion of what it is to live pushing the boundaries, the poesis of acts and language, the reasons writers write. Huge shout-out to everyone who created space at Naropa University (my MFA alma mater): kari edwards, CAConrad, Eileen Myles, Dawn Lundy Martin, Trace Peterson, Ronaldo Wilson. These are the experimentalists, the future-shifters of our time.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Archie Bongiovanni Archie Bongiovanni

    I wanted to LOVE this book, honestly. I was so excited to see a collection of trans and genderqueer poetry. But the 500+ pages were disappointing. I understand that the editor wanted to show a variety of poets and poetry, but I really feel this collection could have been edited down. Each poet has three or four pages dedicated to them and a small bio. The way it's laid out (and the pure size of the book) makes it difficult to become immersed in the poems. I felt like it was a 'let's include ever I wanted to LOVE this book, honestly. I was so excited to see a collection of trans and genderqueer poetry. But the 500+ pages were disappointing. I understand that the editor wanted to show a variety of poets and poetry, but I really feel this collection could have been edited down. Each poet has three or four pages dedicated to them and a small bio. The way it's laid out (and the pure size of the book) makes it difficult to become immersed in the poems. I felt like it was a 'let's include everybody!' type of collection. I would much rather have a smaller, edited collection, with one poem per person and the bios in the back of the book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Like most anthologies there will be some poets you love and some that you don't. I found the poets statements and the poetry overly academic. I couldn't read them. I found that there was a higher number of masculine voices which I find happens so often in academic settings. I was disappointed that in the whole anthology there were only two poets who I wanted to read more of their work. For the most part the style of the poetry was too disjointed for my personal taste. Although definitely an ambi Like most anthologies there will be some poets you love and some that you don't. I found the poets statements and the poetry overly academic. I couldn't read them. I found that there was a higher number of masculine voices which I find happens so often in academic settings. I was disappointed that in the whole anthology there were only two poets who I wanted to read more of their work. For the most part the style of the poetry was too disjointed for my personal taste. Although definitely an ambitious work.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Massive book with massive importance. T.C. Tolbert and Trace Peterson created something where nothing had existed - an anthology of poetic and critical thought from genderqueer and trans authors. The depth and breadth of work is stunning, engaging more styles and forms and genres of poetry than many anthologies of comparable or greater length. Nearly every poet in the book provides a poetic statement, detailing their creative and critical processes and faculties, all containing powerful and thou Massive book with massive importance. T.C. Tolbert and Trace Peterson created something where nothing had existed - an anthology of poetic and critical thought from genderqueer and trans authors. The depth and breadth of work is stunning, engaging more styles and forms and genres of poetry than many anthologies of comparable or greater length. Nearly every poet in the book provides a poetic statement, detailing their creative and critical processes and faculties, all containing powerful and thought-provoking commentary on what is (and should be) a rapidly growing body of work.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Davidson

    Did not originally read this through in order. Skipped around to some poets I know and then read others. Fascinated as much by the poetics statements as the poems themselves. Wonderful collection of often powerful poems. Reading this freed me of some of the constraints I had as a poet myself. I had felt a pull to write a certain way, on certain themes, but the wide variety of styles and subjects keeps me coming back to re-read this anthology often.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sean Estelle

    This anthology took a long time to get through but I'm glad I actually read it cover to cover. Especially appreciate the format of having poetry + poetics statements, and some of the poems/artists in here are unforgettable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kai

    EVERYONE should read this book. I've been looking for poetry from trans authors for SO long, and this collection was everything I hoped to find and then some.

  14. 5 out of 5

    kirsten

    Like all anthologies - some good, some not as good, and some amazing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Franciszka

    you have to read this. end of story. one of the things i really appreciate about this anthology is how each writer/poet has published a poetics statement alongside their poems. brilliant.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    811.608 T859 2013

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robbie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tina.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Judy Brown

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anja

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eric

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emma-Faith

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alice Shabazian

  24. 5 out of 5

    CJ

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erik Brown

  26. 5 out of 5

    Magnolia Sophia

  27. 4 out of 5

    Senia

  28. 4 out of 5

    Storm Burke

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth James

  30. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

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