The debut poetry collection from award winning Black trans poet Tere Fowler Chapman.
A debut poetry collection over a decade in the making, documenting and reflecting on a trauma survivor’s experience in the American southwest as both a Black person and a trans man. This collection is skillfully penned but emotionally raw, ducking pretense in favor of unflinching truth. A unique and well-rendered account from an exciting and up and coming force in the world of free verse poetics.
Poetry. African & African American Studies. LGBTQ+ Studies.
“A riveting debut - part song and part prayer casted into the cosmos. Get ready for hard truth palpitations, and shorelines of transgender reverence.”
—Kay Ulanday Barrett, winner of the 2022 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry
“This collection should be on every Gender Studies and Black Studies syllabus.”
—Dr. Marshall Green, winner of the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral and Dissertation Fellowship
“These poems unburden themselves from the stigma of mental health, and the heaviness of trauma to guide the reader into the complexities of life as a Black person in this moment.”
—Jaden Fields, author of Intentional Musings On Staying Alive
“…a thunderclap of love and a medicinal Black boi magic to remind us, in all corners of the world, that they’re ‘too beautiful to be boxed in.’”
—Mari Herreras, author of At Grande and Congress
Tere Fowler Chapman (BFA) is a Black trans poet, organizer, educator, and crisis counselor from Tucson with a heart forever rooted in Louisiana. He is a Marsha P. Johnson Fellow, National Arts Strategies' Creative Community Fellow, and Rocky Mountain Regional Emmy Award nominee.