Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL DEGENERACY asserts the possibilities for queer/trans sexualities and genders in Catholic saints. These speakers navigate a world of mingling divine and mundane as saints leave their lives in heaven behind and haunt an earthly narrator. Saints act here as figures between human and supernatural—bringing into question other binaries and structures like gender, memory, and family. The collection searches for a new kind of communion of saints and a new, often erotic and sometimes tender, kind of prayer.
"Robin Gow's first full-length collection is full of verve, sass, mystery, and wonder. In OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL DEGENERACY, Gow has made a family of queer angels and reclaimed saints in poems that are as finely crafted as they are magical and sincere. 'There were no holy orders for women / or queers, so we made Poems, thrived hidden.' Indeed we did and Gow's book is proof of the thriving. Thank the Holy Queer Mystery for these poems (and for all of our queer and trans lives)—like 'hammers in / the flower vases. they bloom.'"—TC Tolbert
"Robin Gow's brilliant poems navigate the liminal world between religious figures and what remains to be figured out, between the real and the sexual and the realignment of expectations. An outspoken curator of sound and meaning, Gow is an accomplished spinner of metaphor, of emphasis, of surprise. OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL DEGENERACY is the debut full collection from a visionary poet who wields craft with surgical precision, and leaves all of us questioning what we know, and what we recalled we once believed."—Jacqueline Jones LaMon
Robin Gow is the author of the chapbook Honeysuckle. Their poetry has recently been published in POETRY, Thin Air, and 45th Parallel and has won prizes from Brooklyn Poets, Negative Capability Press, and Fearsome Creatures Magazine. They are the Editor-at-Large for Village of Crickets, Managing Editor at the Nasiona and Social Media Coordinator for Oyster River Pages. Their chapbook, A Museum For That Which No Longer Exists was runner up in New Delta Review's chapbook contest 2019 and their chapbook, Some Metaphor Are Self- Inflicted was a finalist for Glass Poetry's chapbook contest 2019. They are an out and proud genderqueer person passionate about LGBT issues. They also run a non-profit for transgender youth and conducts LGBT+ inclusivity trainings at schools, colleges, and health care systems across the country. They are a graduate student and professor at Adelphi University. They are the founder of Gender Reveal Party, a trans and queer reading series in New York City.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA