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The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something
New & Selected Poems
Joy Ladin

Sheep Meadow
2017 • 300 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors / Poetry - General Subjects

$24.95 Paperback, 978-1-937679-74-3

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“Gender transition is often thought of as either fairy-tale-like transformation, a leap from one side of the gender rainbow to the other, or as a series of impersonal medical procedures. But as these poems attest, gender transition, like other modes of becoming, is far messier, more mysterious and idiosyncratic than such simplifications allow, a life-long process combining shame with triumph, ecstasy with disappointment, the mundane humiliation of airport security screenings with the miraculous experience of incarnation and fully embodied love.” —From the Author’s Note

Reviews / Endorsements

“Ladin draws the reader into a world of harsh truths, uncanny beauty, inspired erudition, ironic wit, and cadenced music . . . Imagination rules, wedding poetic forms to unflinching meditations on human suffering, terror, love, and unbearable loss. Despite the ubiquity of evil and death in her poems, there is, in Yeats’s words, ‘a gaiety transfiguring all that dread.’” —Herbert Leibowitz

“Joy Ladin’s Impersonation completes the trilogy of gender transformation begun with her Transmigration and Coming to Life. In these poems, ‘an egg/ that cannot hatch’ is cracked open. The bird breaks free. The book’s thrill is its long vision, the past held intimately, the future a holy liberation.” —Greg Miller

JOY LADIN is the author of nine books of poetry, including Lambda Literary Award finalists Impersonation and Transmigration, Forward Fives award winner Coming to Life, and just published The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New and Selected Poems. Her work has been recognized with a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship, a 2016 Hadassah Brandeis Research Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship and an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship. She holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College of Yeshiva University. Links to her poems and essays are available at

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