Since I Moved in (New & Revised)

Trace Peterson (Author)


Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. Introduction by Joy Ladin. A new & revised edition of the classic book by pathbreaking poet & cultural critic Trace Peterson.

"The second edition of Trace Peterson's SINCE I MOVED IN (NEW & REVISED) is a welcome re-issue, with a new introduction by Joy Ladin, of a landmark collection of poems by one of the most influential transgender poets writing today. Peterson, enacting her self-chosen name, traces connections and lines of flight between genders, between creative expression and acute observation, between her grounding and training in Tucson's celebrated poetry scene and her on-going involvement in New York's. Trace is an imperative, as well as a noun, and a name. It means to write over, as well as a faint remainder. Animated by the space of that double signification, and by the practice of making new life through transcribing an old life into a new register, Trace Peterson's poetry--in life and in words--gives voice to something raw, inchoate, in-process-of-becoming."--Susan Stryker

"These are the daring adventures of the voice, the voice that wants to be a body, and had no way to be a body in and for itself when this book was written: this book is maybe the first book of poetry in which I saw my own trans experience written and comprehensibly embodied, not allegorically or across a gap of anachronisms but as it is, as it was at the very same time. This is the voice that kept secrets from itself, that knows what it's like to keep a secret and wonder whether it was never a secret; the voice, too, that knows how troubling it feels to be a voice, to be nothing other than voice, among readers and listeners who claim, in that early-2000s way, to hate voice (because they cannot hear their own). There is a Hartford in her heart, 'no broken glass in it, ' though 'the map is not the map, ' and alongside it there lurks, or flourishes, an 'inability to be where I am.' This is a voice that sees: that sees 'the boys at / lavender the girls in show, ' a voice of experiment, a voice 'wearing your socks.' I recommend it to anyone like me, and also to people who are nothing like me, who want to know how it has been."--Stephanie Burt

"I will forever praise the day in 2010 when I discovered SINCE I MOVED IN at a friend's house and sat down and read it cover to cover. Almost a decade later, my 'skull still humming from a gift received.' The experience of recognition (which is to say the benevolence of awareness) (which is different from the more distant (more dangerous) act of seeing/being seen) that transpired in the initial hours with this book altered the trajectory of my life in simple and extraordinary ways. As Joy Ladin's introduction to the new edition makes clear, SINCE I MOVED IN's 2007 publication was revolutionary and foundational for what would become a beautiful groundswell of trans and nonbinary poetry. 'Even the boundaries were drawn up temporarily, ' Trace tells us. And how deeply true this is between so many (so much) of us, on any given day. Thank you, Trace, for this 2nd edition--a kind of textual transition, a gift to trans and nonbinary writers, past, present, and future. Here is 'The Pleasure of Arriving': a poetry of integrity--smart, hilarious, frustrated, and tender."--TC Tolbert

Product Details

Chax Press
Publish Date
May 01, 2019
6.4 X 0.5 X 8.7 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Trace Peterson is a trans woman poet critic, the author of two books of poems, including SINCE I MOVED IN (NEW & REVISED) (Chax Press, 2019) and numerous chapbooks. She edits the journal/small press EOAGH which has won 2 Lambda Literary Awards including the first given in Transgender Poetry, and she is co-editor of the groundbreaking anthology TROUBLING THE LINE: TRANS AND GENDERQUEER POETRY AND POETICS (Nightboat Books, 2013) as well as co-editor of ARRIVE ON WAVE: COLLECTED POEMS OF GIL OTT (Chax Press, 2016). Her next book of poems is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press. Her poetry has recently appeared in Readings in Contemporary Poetry: An Anthology (Dia Art Foundation / Yale University press), Best American Experimental Writing 2016 (Wesleyan University press), as well as the Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, PEN America, Posit, and at the Academy of American Poets ( Her criticism and scholarly writing have appeared in FROM OUR HEARTS TO YOURS: NEW NARRATIVE AS CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE (ON Contemporary Practice, 2017), TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, and numerous edited collections. She has taught at Yale University, Naropa University's Summer Writing Program, The Poetry Project at St Marks, and Hunter College where she currently teaches an innovative upper-level literature course in Trans and Nonbinary Poetry.