Belated Bris of the Brainsick
Belated Bris of the Brainsick traces 1) a belated and in some ways violent revelation about one's ancestry and one's past, 2) a resultant mental breakdown and 3) the pursuit of a new life with someone else who lives with mental illness. These events and the styles in which they are told are inflected by queer, transgender and disabled perspectives and aesthetics. If there is a narrative arc to the collection, it is not the usual one of falling ill and then regaining health; rather, it is the pursuit of a "queered" version of health. (From Nightwood Editions)
Lucas Crawford is based in New Brunswick and is the author of three books: the poetry collections Belated Bris of the Brainsick and Sideshow Concessions and the academic text Transgender Architectonics.