Aromantic, Asexual, Aroace.
This collection considers what it means to be a queer nonbinary daughter in search of mother and myth as refuges. Inhabiting and breaking inherited forms like the sonnet, the speaker rewrites mythology to find new possibilities of queer transformation within inherited traditions—in which bodies not only change to trees and deer to escape the cishet male gaze, but also break the gaze itself. Intimate lyrics chart the interior landscape of the speaker’s asexuality and aromanticism and explore the queered nuances of body and of platonic friendships. In the process, the book explores the mother wound of how these myths are inherited and what it means to create a new story, a new vocabulary, a new kind of breaking.
“This book is stunning, like nothing else, and so sure of its experience that it won’t be bullied or twisted into submitting to norms: of hetero, of couple, of labor. Every poem feels original, unsettling, starkly refusing to bend to the cishet world’s will.” —Carol Guess, author of Girl Zoo and Doll Studies: Forensics
Poetry. LGBTQ+ Studies.
Kelly Weber (she/they) holds an MFA from Colorado State University and is the author of the chapbook The Dodo Heart Museum (dancing girl press, 2021). Their work has received Pushcart nominations and has appeared or is forthcoming in The Laurel Review, Brevity, The Missouri Review, Cream City Review, Palette Poetry, Southeast Review, Passages North, and elsewhere. She lives in Colorado with two rescue cats.