This Body I Wore: A Memoir


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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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5.76 X 8.59 X 1.08 inches | 0.98 pounds
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About the Author

Diana Goetsch is an American poet and essayist. Her poems have appeared widely, in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, The Best American Poetry, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, and in the collections Nameless Boy and In America, among others. She also wrote the "Life in Transition" blog at The American Scholar. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the New School, where she served as the Grace Paley Teaching Fellow. For twenty-one years Goetsch was a New York City public school teacher, at Stuyvesant High School and at Passages Academy in the Bronx, where she ran a creative writing program for incarcerated teens.


"Lyrical, harrowing, and wise, This Body I Wore is the story of one woman doing everything she can to avoid becoming herself, for fear of what that truth may demand. More than a coming-out story, Diana Goetsch's consideration of the price of authenticity resonates as universal and profound."
--Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There and Good Boy

"In This Body I Wore, Diana Goetsch the poet is present in every line of prose. The writing is spacious, beautiful, precise, and poignant. The reader floats through the sentences, entranced. Magnificent is not an overstatement."
--Thomas Peele, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of Killing the Messenger

"This Body I Wore is one of the most honest, unflappable, important books I've read in a long time. Diana Goetsch writes about her struggles and triumphs with family, love, and gender identity with lyricism and grace. Everyone should be required to read this book."
--Ann Hood, author of Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food

"Diana Goetsch has written a book that many will cherish and few will forget. It's a memoir of teaching and romance, a story of New York City and the perhaps-now-vanishing world of transvestite culture. It's a trans journey, of course, and it's also a poet's memoir. Finally, it's a story about meditation and Buddhism: some of us need another world, a world of the spirit, before we can live or become ourselves in this one, and Goetsch has now shown us why."
--Stephanie Burt, author of Don't Read Poetry

"This Body I Wore is startling, humorous, haunting, and truly illuminating. I had chills when I began reading it, and was floored by the end. Diana Goetsch, once known as 'Frank McCourt's replacement' at Stuyvesant High School, has achieved a pitch-perfect memoir of her own."
--Laurie Gwen Shapiro, author of The Stowaway

"Clear, thoughtful, and deeply moving, This Body I Wore is an affirmation to anyone who has struggled to live an authentic life."
--Ellen Bass, author of Indigo