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posted by Robert DeVet in on août 9, 2014 - View profile


LYRIC SEXOLOGY VOL. 1 - Trish Salah at Venus Envy, book launch & signing!

- 8:00pm
Dimanche Août 10 2014

Venue: Venus Envy
Address: 1598 Barrington Street

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Poetry. Memoir. LGBT Studies. Do you have a poet whose every poem you want to read? Trish Salah might be that poet. Written between lyric and language poetries, and exploring the transgender fantasies encoded in feminist, autobiographical, anthropological and psychoanalytic archives, LYRIC SEXOLOGY VOL. 1 could be your book. Drawing upon Freud's interpretation of the memoirs of the jurist Daniel Paul Schreber, alongside gender theories, polemics and case studies dating from the end of the 20th century to beginning of the 21st, Trish Salah samples and remixes the clinic and the club, dystopia and draughty apartments, re-presenting an emergent transgender subject in all (or at least some) of her/hir/his/their messy contrariness and queerly multiple biomythographies. One might even call this composite a syncretic strategy for building a conceptual, poetic world in a single volume. But, inevitably, more is left out than in. Salah revels in the conflicts of undermining specialization: "i need to take a shower. i'm troubled by / increasingly distorted fanfictions, psychotic or melancholy, / with the loss of canon." Nevertheless her text shimmies its way through the regulatory regimes of race, class and genre by always bringing us back to glib reality: "we all need haircuts though." 

Born in Halifax, Trish Salah is the author of Wanting in Arabic (TSAR Publications, 2002, 2nd Edition 2013), a Lambda Literary Award winning book, and the recently published, Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1 (Roof Books 2014). Her creative and critical work is widely published, and currently she is co-editing a special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, on Trans Cultural Production. She is assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

In LYRIC SEXOLOGY, Trish Salah takes on the impossible, urgent task of speaking as Tiresias, one who is "not any of those things you have words for." Salah's words unmask and address the semantic frameworks they imply, the misery- and meaning-making myths of patriarchy, colonialism, capitalism, and gender. Exposing the raw nerves and nervous rawness of concepts we use to define ourselves and one another, LYRIC SEXOLOGY points to a world in which we may grow into the full measure of our humanity by realizing we aren't, and never were, "things we have words for."
- Joy Landin

**Venus Envy can be accessed by wheelchair, though unfortunately, our bathroom cannot. As we sell scented products, it is impossible to make this a scent-free space. But refraining from wearing scents to this event would be helpful and appreciated!

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