Transitional Object


Product Details

$18.00  $16.56
Kin(d)* Texts & Projects
Publish Date
April 16, 2019
8.0 X 8.0 X 0.19 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Adrian Silbernagel is a queer + trans poet, writer, and advocate. He grew up in a small town near Fargo, North Dakota, and considers Fargo home. He spent a couple of years in Lubbock, Texas, where he earned a Master's degree in philosophy before moving to Kentucky. Currently he and his partner live in Louisville, where he manages a coffee shop, works on poems, and occasionally travels to other parts of Kentucky to give talks on various aspects of his experience as a trans man. Adrian also runs a web series through the Operating System called Field Notes, where creative practitioners from all disciplines and backgrounds are invited to shine a light behind the curtain on their creative process. Adrian's work been published in The Columbia Review, The Atlas Review, TYPO, PANK, Painted Bride Quarterly, Cosmonauts Avenue, Fruita Pulp, and elsewhere. Find more of Adrian's work online at


"At once a challenge and an invitation, a seduction and a demand, the work collected in Transitional Object does what poetry must, and only the best poetry does: it undoes the world as I know it, and remakes it entire. Adrian Silbernagel's utterly original voice, his mastery of language, his perceptual power, do no less than de- and re- construct reality. These poems both employ and interrogate the power of word, image, and symbol to say what we mean; they question, and ultimately restore the reader's faith in, the possibility of making meaning at all. If all this sounds abstract, the poems themselves are anything but--these are muscular, embodied, deeply sensate works, alive with the passions of being, rich with both the tensions and wisdom of body and mind. Silbernagel is an important new voice, and his vision is one that we have not yet seen, nor will we see again soon." --Marya Hornbacher

"Some books create a feeling of gratitude and recognition whose intensity is startling. Transitional Object is one of those. Adrian Silbernagel works language like stained glass, making one densely-pigmented, luminous scene after another. If you too have asked "who this 'I' is that steals and gives," if you have also told yourself, "the life of me/requires so many more bodies than this," you need Transitional Object. Let it help you move from one self to another, one moment of being to the next, again and again. It's that important. Silbernagel has "waded deeper into the rubble" of the structures that oppress, "where [he] now lie[s] in wait" to welcome you and help you on your way." -Jay Besemer