This is an incredible book of oetry The sections that are still lingering with me are On Bathrooms and On Beards and in general the constant theme of blood throughout the entire book It was writ In his TRANSforming Literature reading Ely Shipley refers to his oetry as a collage that includes memoir ueer theory #History Medical Anthropology Pop Culture #medical anthropology Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and Their Functions in the Book of Kings pop culture letters from therapists and some snippets from canonicaloets These This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life poems work as fragments of experience as lyric essay Beautiful compilation In societies in which the night mare is not widelyacknowledged or discussed its dramatic symptoms aresometimes mistaken for evidence ofhysical or mental illness Idea rich and emotionally stirring these seuences of trans oetry move nimbly across scene image time and other texts My favorite seuence is the last one On I was getting my classic silent tears all "Over Some Animal Before The First Section Was Even Over. "Some Animal before the first section was even over. Aligned with ueer theories of temporality fragments of memoir rub against the language of sychiatric and. .
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It truly stunned and impressed me throughout #Much Like Maggie Nelson Ely Shipley Writes #like Maggie Nelson Ely Shipley writes the mode of autotheory weaving intertexts like DSM IV assages historical content and other oems with his own beautiful work Because ueerness has both deeply ersonal and broadly sociological valences the method works in Shipley as it does in Nelson to render his experiences with everything from sexuality to transphobia with both Zheng Guogu poetic complexity andolitical resonance One thing I just can t get over about this book is the rofound empathy Shipley s oems express for others experiencing subjugation violence and loneliness On the face of things this book is A Memoir About Ueer Shame And Pain memoir about ueer shame and Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums pain a vis the experience of oneerson s life But Shipley makes such Forbidden Knowledge powerful gestures toward the internal lives of others that the book becomes expansive than that In one section for example Shipley writes about aainful childhood experien. Medical regimes at the site of a body that does not conform to a gender binary Some Animal draws out dre. Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms passages thearticular way in which Shipley renders the discomfort of childhood killed me My only tiny complaint about Some Animal is that I wished I could have known what the source material of of the intertexts was without having to cross reference with the back of the book it wasn t always clear which The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick passages were Shipley s and which werearts of the iece s collage of texts and maybe that the book had even material That is to say that this was just such a beautiful collection that I wanted even of it I was grateful for the opportunity to read
"SOME ANIMAL AND I HOPE THAT "Animal and I hope that check out Shipley s work This book gives a raw and real reality With a erspective that any individuals don t get to see The author is so real that the reader has a chance to walk in Ely Shipleys shoes. Am like and supernatural resonances between the literature of athology and experiences of gender dysphor. ,