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day/break

day/break is a poetry collection by Gwen Benaway.

Gwen Benaway

day/break, poet Gwen Benaway's fourth collection of work, explores the everyday poetics of the trans feminine body. Through intimate experiences and conceptualizations of trans life, day/break asks what it means to be a trans woman, both within the text and out in the physical world.

Shifting between theory and poetry, Benaway questions how gender, sexuality and love intersect with the violence and transmisogyny of the nation state and established literary institutions. In beautiful lyric verse, day/break reveals the often-unseen other worlds of trans life, where body, self and sex are transformed, becoming more than fixed binary locations. (From Book*Hug)

Gwen Benaway is a trans woman of Anishinaabe and Metis descent. Her third poetry collection, Holy Wild, won the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award for poetry, was longlisted for the Pat Lowther Award and shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award for Trans Poetry and the Trillium Award. She is also the author of collections Ceremonies for the Dead and Passage. Her writing has also appeared in The Globe and Mail, Maclean's and CBC Arts.

Interviews with Gwen Benaway

Anishinaabe and Métis poet Gwen Benaway always knew something about the body she was born into wasn't right. “I really felt like the first 28 years of my life I was living a lie,” said Benaway. “I knew something was wrong the whole time … I was living in the wrong gender.” 9:41

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