In her Los Angeles Review of Books essay "Who Is Who: Pronouns, Gender, and Merging Selves," Dana Levin describes Stacey Waite's fusion of gender identities: "Pseudonyms, heteronyms, personae, all the ventriloquizing literary arts; point of view and tonal shifts: these are tools for speakers and speaking. But the sentence too has a voice: 'i will not be the kind of boy who can not bear the memory of her body' . . . This is [Waite's] genius . . . to take innocuous syntactical phrasing and change the players mid-sentence -- to get around English's pronominal either/or by creating a syntactical both/and. . . ."
"In this arresting collection, Stacey Waite is a pathfinder, charting with disarming honesty, humor, pathos and willful perplexity the uncertain terrain of gender in ways that shatter assumptions, unsettle easy presumptions, and yet, through the sheer grace of her craft and deft language, that open us to the beauty of our strange human enterprise." -- Kwame Dawes --Advance Praise
About the Author
Stacey Waite is the author of three collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O'Hara Prize), Love Poem to Androgyny...