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New & Selected
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’s previous books published by Sheep Meadow Press are The Definition of Joy, Coming to Life, Transmigration, The Book of Anna, Alternatives to History and Impersonation. She has also published Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders. She is a professor of English at Stern College of Yeshiva University.

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