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Lyric Sexology Vol. 1


Available in print (for customers living in Canada), PDF (worldwide, except for the US), and EPUB (only upon accessibility-related request)

by Trish Salah

Spring 2017

Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers, Finalist

Largely written before the current cultural visibility of trans lit, Lyric Sexology Vol. 1 was Salah’s prescient contribution to a canon of self-determined literature that explores transness. In this case, the author sidesteps the “I” in the text and instead draws on archives—sexological, anthropological, psychological, among others—to demonstrate the shifting and shifty nature of our identities, affiliations, and narratives.

Born in Halifax / Kjipuktuk in Mi’kma’ki, Trish Salah is the author of the Lambda Award–winning poetry collection Wanting in Arabic and of Lyric Sexology Vol. 1, and co-editor of a special issues of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, on cultural production, and Arc Poetry Magazine, featuring trans, non-binary and Two Spirit writers. At the University of Winnipeg she organized the conferences Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres. An associate professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, she also edits the Journal of Critical Race Inquiry. She lives in Tkaronto in the traditional and unceded territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit River, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.

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Author: Trish Salah
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ISBN: 9780994047144 (print)

ISBN: 9781999058852 (PDF)

Cover art and design by Kai Yun Ching and Wai-Yant Li

  • Paperback, 184 pages
  • Printed in Quebec
  • Published June 30, 2017

“Trish Salah’s language blooms across these pages with an effortless engagement that reads as organic, deeply personal, and highly accessible to a broad range of experiences. This first Canadian edition of Lyric Sexology Vol. 1 is a humming and electric meditation on identity as an embodied experience: truly a feat of literature by Trish Salah and another jewel in the crown of Montreal’s Metonymy Press.” —Alasdair Rees, GUTS Magazine

Lyric Sexology’s escape from the trap it adumbrates—experiencing embodiment, positionality, and sexuality at the cost of becoming an object of knowledge—is not to conduct an epistemology in its own terms but rather to focus on the breakdown of these knowledge projects, the moments when they run afoul of the untranslatability of transsexuality and resort to figuration in order to close the gap of meaning and render transsexual genders and persons legible within normative gender categories.” Kay Gabriel, TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly

“We need more texts (like Salah’s) that don’t take gender-selves as given, obvious, and beyond re-creation or rethinking.” —Lucas Crawford, The Rusty Toque

“Trish Salah’s Lyric Sexology Vol. 1 is the kind of poetry which can lull you with its intelligence and fluid language, but underneath its calm exterior is a deadly beauty. This work strikes you in unexpected moments, revealing gender, sexuality, and self as a mythology of the heart. Her poetry is as profound as it is sharp edged, making her a poet worth listening to.” —Gwen Benaway

“Individually, these poems are brilliant, but as a whole, they are staggering.” —jiaqing wilson-yang, Room magazine

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