"A stunningly potent archive of surviving... Meissner believes in the powers of seeing, testifying, and saying what is most difficult. Running through the blood of this book I hear Audre Lorde's charge: ‘Your silence will not protect you.’”
— Aracelis Girmay,
author of The Black Maria
Meissner's coming-of-age poems seek to anchor their place in a messy world, blurring the edges of hard borders and disparate identities. Finding joy, connection and determination in desperate spaces, as well as the slippery terrain of a changing self, Meissner's voice is at once a reckoning, a proclamation, and an open question. Sprinkled with the author's illustrations, the book's multidisciplinary approach also includes lesson plans, originally utilized in a women's prison, that invite the reader to write their own way out of polarizing dichotomies — and into the vast grey space of what it means to be alive.
excerpted poetry comics
- Review in New Pages Book Reviews.
- Review in Columbia Journal.
- Review in 3:AM Magazine.
- Review in Hazel & Wren's What We're Reading This Week column.
- Book-specific interview on Tricycle Magazine's Trike Daily.
- Listed as an editor's pick on NewPages Book Stand.
- Listed as a recommended book on Small Press Distribution.
- Featured poem from book in BUST magazine.
- Review in San Quentin prison's newspaper (page 16).