Our Debatable Bodies

Our Debatable Bodies

Our Debatable Bodies is a bold proclamation of defiance, love, and rage. Each poem contemplates the inner self in relation to the shared intimacies that define public and private spaces. Marisa Crane’s unfiltered depictions of the moments and memories inhabited by queer existence, awaken the forces within- as truth and survival become generational triumphs that outlast any and a...

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Title:Our Debatable Bodies
Author:Marisa Crane
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Our Debatable Bodies Reviews

  • Frank Karioris

    A thundering crash, a bathtub full of warm water, and armor for a world not quite ready for us. This chapbook is a needed reminder, joy, and punch - at least one for each reader.

  • Barton Smock

    Marisa Crane is a poet of the mouth. Mouth as the wound one opens to name the wounded. Mouth as flickering hyphen. As a thing not spoken for. In Our Debatable Bodies, words like ‘tomboy’ turn yellow in the toothless boy of tomorrow and language lives long enough to land on the same suicide note. In reading, I realized that though I forgive, I perhaps do so on a budget. That though I strive to recognize, my recognition is manmade. That what I call merely a child’s costume was perhaps put on by on

    Marisa Crane is a poet of the mouth. Mouth as the wound one opens to name the wounded. Mouth as flickering hyphen. As a thing not spoken for. In Our Debatable Bodies, words like ‘tomboy’ turn yellow in the toothless boy of tomorrow and language lives long enough to land on the same suicide note. In reading, I realized that though I forgive, I perhaps do so on a budget. That though I strive to recognize, my recognition is manmade. That what I call merely a child’s costume was perhaps put on by one wearing an eyeless mask. Maybe there is no big picture, only photos taken by giants? I guess what I mean is…Crane sees. And more so, looks.

  • Rachel Mans Mckenny

    I adored this collection of poetry about love, anger, and the idea of beginnings. Highly recommended!!

  • Jennifer

    I sat down and read this in one setting, pulled from page to page by the ache of recognition. Crane is the master of beauty, desire, anger, and body. She astounded me with her imagery and use of language. As a queer woman it's hard to find writing that feels like home sometimes, but this book was one such place for me.

  • Jennifer

    Deeply personal and fiercely political, Our Debatable Bodies celebrates queer love in the face of hate and fear. Crane is a prophet of defiance and desire. Heed her call!

  • Sarah

    I really loved this little poetry collection. It is queer through and through, with gorgeous stanzas and a lot of hard-fought love. Crane writes about queer couple fertility, confession, homophobia (external and internalized), anxiety, love, wonder, and hope. I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for some beautiful queer poetry!

  • Mike

    I enjoyed the way the love poems in this collection sat next to and with the more fiery poems, how the defiance and righteous anger of the initial poems sharpens the intimacy of the later poems. I'm interested to read more of Crane's work.

  • Kendra Sitton

    Queerness and bodies and fertility and bars and love. So many topics in easy to understand but also beautiful language

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