Award-winning writer Amber Dawn reveals a gutsy lyrical sensibility in her debut poetry collection: a suite of glosa poems written as an homage to and an interaction with queer poets, such as the legendary Gertrude Stein, Christina Rossetti, and Adrienne Rich, as well as up-and-comers like Leah Horlick, Rachel Rose, and Trish Salah. (Glosas, a 15th-century Spanish form, typically open with a quatrain from an existing poem by another writer, followed by four stanzas of ten lines each, and usually end with a line repeated from the opening quatrain.)
In Where the words end and my body begins Amber Dawn delves deeper into the themes of trauma, memory, and unblushing sexuality that define her work.
“Revel in the way Amber Dawn’s hard femme survivor poetics create testimony bridges between queer survivor poets then and now, mapping a cartography you can tuck in your pocket, reminding you of where we’ve been.”—Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, author of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence In Activist Communities and Love Cake
“You’ll be sweetened, entranced and scared in equal measure by Amber Dawn’s glosas. This is a wordsmith at the height of her powers. You’ll have to read these again and again, just to be sure the gorgeous is real.”—Jane Eaton Hamilton, author of Love Will Burst into a Thousand Shapes and Hunger
Morgan M Page is a performance + video artist, writer, and activist in Montreal. She was a 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow, and the recipient of two 2013 SF MOTHA awards for her work as an artist and curator. Her non-fiction work has appeared on Feministing, Tits and Sass, and PrettyQueer.com. She is currently working on her first novel. Odofemi.com