transtrender - manuel arturo abreu
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transtrender is a book of lyric poems investigating the impossibility of language to express the bodily and social experience of transness. Written from an afrolatinx trans position, the work deals with the trap of visibility, the coloniality of gender, and the refusal of cogency in a moment where trans is trending (that is, being commodified and whitewashed).
abreu manically darts from image to image in their poems, working in a digitally-influenced poetic register which, as Brian Droitcour describes, “looks like flarf but isn’t.” The result is a text that resists opportunities for the reader to connect the dots, instead pushing toward an expanded lyric awareness in which poiesis does not betray its site-specificity, and gender nonconformity is not confined to a false narrative of emergence from white modernity.
divided into four sections: untitled, naming, site-specific poems, amotivational speech.
manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet and artist from the Bronx. They received a BA in Linguistics from Reed College in 2014 and are currently based in Portland. Their work is about precarity, magical thinking, and the possibility of surviving. Their first book, List of Consonants, is available from Bottlecap Press. Find them at twigtech.tumblr.com and @Deezius.
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