Holy Wild

Holy Wild

Book - 2018
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"In her third collection of poetry, Holy Wild, Gwen Benaway explores the complexities of being an Indigenous trans woman in expansive lyric poems. She holds up the Indigenous trans body as a site of struggle, liberation, and beauty. A confessional poet, Benaway narrates her sexual and romantic intimacies with partners as well as her work to navigate the daily burden of transphobia and violence. She examines the intersections of Indigenous and trans experience through autobiographical poems and continues to speak to the legacy of abuse, violence, and colonial erasure that defines Canada. Her sparse lines, interwoven with English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), illustrate the wonder and power of Indigenous trans womanhood in motion. Holy Wild is not an easy book, as Benaway refuses to given any simple answers, but it is a profoundly vibrant and beautiful work filled with a transcendent grace"--Back cover.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Book*hug,, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781771664394
Branch Call Number: 811 Benaway 2018
Characteristics: 139 pages ; 23 cm


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Jan 27, 2020

These poems are powerful. They speak to a soul searching for place, acceptance, knowledge of self and the ability to believe in the self and stand strong to one's trueness.

There's so much pain, shame, confusion in the first sections of this book. The poems are heartfelt and burrow into one's soul. Everyone, trans or other, who has ever felt different, hurt, a misfit would find something in these poems.

There's a power, too, in coming to terms with one's true self and having the courage to live that life, with all the glory and tarnishes that it brings.

Beautiful wording. Powerful poems.


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