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This elegant and moving collection grew out of Hilda Raz's experience with her son's journey to a transgender identity. Born Sarah, now Aaron, Raz's child has had a profound impact on her understanding of what it means to be a family, to be whole, and to know oneself. The collection moves between past and present, allowing Raz to reflect on her own childhood, and on her experience with breast cancer to find ways to connect with Aaron. The journey takes us from intimacy to strangeness and back again, from denial to humor to grief and rage, but always laced with love and acceptance.

"Trans" means across, through, over, to or on the other side, and beyond. The book documents some major transformations of body, self, society and spirit that art requires and life allows. The poems themselves are accessible and finely wrought. They are equally testaments to Raz's insistence on making an order out of chaos, of finding ways to create and understand and eventually accept new definitions of self and family. The physical and sensuous language of Raz's poems, and their humanity, keep them intimately bound to the world and to the senses.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. PART 1: With the sense across, through, over, to or on the other side, beyond ... from one person, state, or thing to another
  2. p. 1
  1. Avoidance
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  1. What Do You Want?
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  1. Drought: Teaching, Benedict, Nebraska
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Tough
  2. p. 7
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  1. Names My Mother Knew
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Houses
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Said to Sarah, Ten
  2. p. 12
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  1. Fast Car on Nebraska I-80: Visiting Teacher
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. Afternoon, with Cold
  2. p. 15
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  1. Sick
  2. p. 16
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  1. Back
  2. p. 17
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  1. Friday
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  1. "The world is not something to look at; it is something to be in."
  2. p. 20
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  1. PART 2: In verbs, as in transboard, transearth, transfashion, tranship, trans-shape, transtime
  2. p. 21
  1. Secrets
  2. p. 23
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  1. Heart Transplant
  2. pp. 24-25
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  1. Footnotes
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. Doing the Puzzle / Angry Voices
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. Prelude
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. Part Coquette, Part Monster
  2. p. 32
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  1. Trans
  2. pp. 33-34
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  1. Trans formation / Feathers / Train Travel
  2. pp. 35-37
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  1. Stone
  2. pp. 38-41
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  1. Before John and Maria's Wedding
  2. p. 42
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  1. PART 3: In adjectives with the sense across, crossing or on the other side of
  2. p. 43
  1. Historical Documents
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. Volunteers
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  1. Some Questions about the Storm
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  1. Lost Jewelry
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  1. Mother-in-Law
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  1. Women & Men
  2. p. 54
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  1. Some Questions for the Evening Class
  2. p. 55
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  1. Insomnia III
  2. pp. 56-57
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  1. She
  2. p. 58
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  1. Letter from a Place I've Never Been
  2. p. 59
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  1. Not Now
  2. p. 60
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  1. Summer
  2. pp. 61-62
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  1. Anna Maria Is Coming, or Maybe Thomas Barton, or Max!
  2. p. 63
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  1. PART 4: With the sense beyond, surpassing, transcending
  2. p. 65
  1. Hello
  2. p. 67
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  1. The Address on the Map
  2. p. 68
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  1. Wonder Woman's Rules of the Road
  2. pp. 69-72
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  1. Aaron at Work / Rain
  2. p. 73
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  1. Sarah Returned to Me, Wearing the Poet's Gloves
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  1. Company / 3 A.M.
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  1. First, Thus
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  1. The Storehouse
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  1. Early Morning, Left-Handed
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  1. Visitation: Pink Foam Letter
  2. p. 80
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  1. The Funeral of X, Who Was Y's Mother
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Acknowledgments and Notes
  2. pp. 85-86
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