Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of Heaven Is All Goodbyes
“The poetry of Boyish exists in that sweet spot between subconscious and cosmos, where the mind can catch any inch of oppression and turn it into music. A genius, Craig, operates a ghost rail line; gut-wrenching rendition of ‘Stormy Monday’ driven in next to the steel. A book built with lightning, whispered in the soup-line, reading your fortune through scattered tossed bones and bayonet fragments. Watch the best friend you could not protect from a merciless onslaught of violent American hegemony, save their self and become one of the greats; proving that poetry is the cradle that society never mentions.”
Wendy Trevino, author of Cruel Fiction
“Boyish is haunted by ghosts the speaker plays with, like ‘holy shit I saw him ghostin’ in / my breath I saw him in the glass ceiling.’ Sometimes the speaker plays with what haunts them out of curiosity, sometimes out of frustration, sometimes out of love. In any case, it is through this play that they can ‘acknowledge the shape [they’re] in,’ ‘The Choir Boy’ and ‘Hymn’ in them they haven’t named. Reading the poems in this compact and powerful collection—never has looking back felt this much like moving on.”
Cody-Rose Clevidence, author of Beast Feast
“All language is dialect—may it be as this collection is—of a queer joy and pain and grace and revival. Sonically, structurally inbuilt with a muscled architecture, grown over with vines of place and god and sexuality—here is a poetics coming of age in itself, and in the world.”
Twang Anthology is a collection of writing & art from transgender, nonbinary, and gendernonconforming creatives connected to the southern and midwestern united states. From hybrid work to poetry, this collection documents the narratives and creative talent within our region often left out of the larger conversation about TLGBQ+ community. With 30 contributions across state lines & lived experiences, Twang fosters community dialogue, a sense of placehood, and revolutionary joy. Read the full tex at https://issuu.com/twanganthology/docs/twang-ebook/1.
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