Transgenesis (Paperback)

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Transgenesis (Paperback)

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An excavatory collection of poems tracing the connections between Jewish transfemininity, queer desire, and cultural histories.Selected by Sean Hill for the National Poetry Series, this collection is a scrupulous chronicle of individual and cultural knowledge. In an exceptional debut, Ava Nathaniel Winter challenges our concepts of the beautiful and the sacred, delving not only into the historically marginalized, but also into the chilling subconscious of supremacy. "Let me be clear / from this beginning," she writes, "What I mean by beauty / is a terror I have fled from / into language."Winter writes with a documentarian's attention, a poet's resonance. "I'm trying," she admits, "to find language for what we do / to one another." From L dź, Poland, to predominantly white suburban America, from the space shared by queer lovers to antique cabinets filled with Nazi memorabilia, from Talmudic depictions of genderqueer rabbis to archival lynching photos, she regards the tender and the difficult with equal gravity, commemorates the fraught gift of survival.At the heart of this collection--despite its moments of profound darkness--is a new, hard-won holiness. The "earthy aroma of rye" calling up a mother's baking, her mother's, hers. Belief in a lover's lavishing. A chosen future, one where we are "reader, sibling, sister." If Transgenesis began in fear of beauty, where it lands is this: "turning at last / to face her."
Ava Nathaniel Winter is the author of Transgenesis, selected by Sean Hill for the 2023 National Poetry Series, and the poetry chapbook Safe House. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Beloit Poetry Journal, Poetry International, Room, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. She served as a Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University and received an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Winter holds an MFA from the Ohio State University and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she teaches in the Department of English and the Women's and Gender Studies Program.
Product Details ISBN: 9781639550043
ISBN-10: 1639550046
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: August 6th, 2024
Pages: 96
Language: English