Falling Back in Love with Being Human: Letters to Lost Souls

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Dial Press
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4.9 X 6.8 X 0.7 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author
Kai Cheng Thom is an award-winning writer, performance artist, and community healer in Toronto. She was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the Writers' Trust of Canada's Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ2S+ Emerging Writers for her surrealist novel, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir. She is also the author of several other books, including a poetry collection, an essay collection, and two children's picture books. Kai Cheng writes the advice column "Ask Kai: Advice for the Apocalypse" for Xtra.
"[An] intimate expression of self-acceptance and forgiveness, tenderly written to fellow trans women and others."--The New York Times

"This is a book, a really beautiful one, about holding onto your ideals through a crisis of faith."--Bustle

"Exactly the life-affirming, healing read we all need in 2023."--Susie Dumond for Book Riot

"Required reading for the untamed soul . . . In these tender and revolutionary poems and prompts, Kai Cheng Thom promises that there is no part of ourselves beyond saving. The collection reminded me how to love others and myself."--Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed

"[This is] a gentle and radical book that's ultimately loving and inclusive of all the nuances and contradictions of the world. At a time when it can be hard to love humanity, this book offers compassion for where we are and dreams for where we could be."--Shondaland

"Thom is perhaps the most interesting and most loving interventionist in queer cultural spaces . . . As always, Thom brings a signature lyricism to her poems and reflections, one that always feels more like a spell of attraction than a lapidary effort."--Xtra

"Deeply intimate."--Diva

"It's difficult to define this book as a collection of letters, essays, or prose poems. Ultimately, they're the voice of a speaker searching for comfort, sending words into the cosmos to say, I am not alone, and hearing the echo when a reader realizes, neither am I."--Counter Arts

"Kai Cheng Thom embodies revolutionary love. She shows us how to love others bravely, even those hostile to us, as a way to heal our own tender hearts. Her poems are vivid love letters, confrontations, invitations. This tiny collection contains all the wounds and caresses in the world."--Valarie Kaur, author of See No Stranger

"Kai Cheng Thom's new collection is a tender incantation against the failures of hope. In these letters, Thom reaches toward lost souls of all kinds: outlaws, movement martyrs, fellow trans femmes of color, and 'the ones this world was never made for, ' to whom she sends poems that read like prayers, rituals to lay down our collective hurts. I am grateful for these spells and balms, for the worlds of generosity this book dares into being."--Franny Choi, author of The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On

"Heartrending . . . Thom's unvarnished honesty and earnestness immediately draws readers in. . . . This fierce and tender volume leaves a mark."--Publishers Weekly, starred review