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We Want It All

We Want It All

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If every trans writer in their messy beautiful glory made you a big collective soup out of their writing you would get this brick (hehe Stonewall reference) of a book. We do want it all, and we deserve it. This book isn't just about poetry, there are essays and letters, fragments of history, there is something for everyone here. This is essential reading to experience the trans poetics cannon, to know that trans writers are diverse and have the range to tell stories of all kinds. -CP

 

Editors Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel offer We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics as an experiment into how far literature, written from an identitarian standpoint, can go as a fellow traveler with social movements and revolutionary demands.

Writing in dialogue with emancipatory political movements, the intergenerational writers assembled here imagine an altogether overturned world in poems that pursue the particular and multiple trans relationships to desire, embodiment, housing, sex, ecology, history, pop culture, and the working day.