All the Gay Saints

All the Gay Saints

by Kayleb Rae Candrilli
All the Gay Saints

All the Gay Saints

by Kayleb Rae Candrilli


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Whiting Award winner Kayleb Rae Candrilli’s second full-length book, All the Gay Saints, is a collection of trans joy and resilience. Focused on love, partnership, and cultivating the landscape of one’s own body, All the Gay Saints seeks happiness in a world saturated with transphobia and marred by climate change. Though this world is finite, these poems want you to live forever. They will unbarb your body if you let them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947817128
Publisher: Saturnalia Books
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Kayleb Rae Candrilli is author of What Runs Over with YesYes Books, which was a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry. They are also author of All the Gay Saints, winner of the 2018 Saturnalia Book Contest and forthcoming in 2020. Candrilli is published or forthcoming in TriQuarterly Review, Boston Review, Bettering American Poetry, and many others. They serve as an assistant poetry editor for BOAAT Press and hold an MFA and an MLIS from the University of Alabama. They live in Philadelphia with their partner.

Table of Contents

When I Transition Will I Lose My Taste for the Storm? 3

On Wanting Top Surgery in the Fascist Regime 7

When Face to Face with Fascism 8

My Shadow Looks More like a Man than I Do 10

Sinners Must Live with What Their Sins Sow 11

There Is a Point at Which I Tire of My Own Fear 12

My Body Is Constantly Conjuring a Tempest 14

On Trespassing 16

The Once Girl Hunts to Feed 18

On Harvesting Oneself 19

Funeral for a Girl Who Grew Up in the Woods 20

If The Water Weren't So Deep, Narcissus Might Not Have Drowned 21

Comforting My Trans Self through the Night 22

Two Queers Walking the Borderline Between 23

Elegy for the Undead 24

Making the Desert Wet 26

Drought Becomes Me 27

Poem with No Water at All 28

On Attempting to Clear the Air 29

I Wish All Children Could Touch the Sky At Least Once 30

Fourth of July and Trans on the Brooklyn Side 32

On First Meeting My Future Husband-Wife 34

1081 Nautical Miles and I Want to Ask You 35

When Vesuvius Erupts Again I'll Cool My Tongue 36

Love Poem Written for the Last Swampland 37

When the Sissies Make Love to Every Cardinal Direction 38

Cleopatra Came Out as Queer but the World Was Not Quite Ready 39

When Cleopatra Comes Back from the Dead 41

If Juliet and Juliet Change Their Names 42

I Imagine Juliet and Snow White Would Make a Beautiful 43

Poem in Which I Dream Share With My Future Husband-Wife 44

Someday I'll Love Myself See Through 45

A Limbo Moon Above // You Will Fall in Limbo Love 46

Our Root System is a Tangle of Pipecleaners 47

My Horoscope Is My Future Husband's Horoscope 48

My Future Husband-Wife and I Make a Blood Pact 50

Love Poem with a Lack of Conception 52

Thoughts on Romance as the Heat Index Rises 53

Notes Toward Top Surgery and the Impending Death 54

A Spell to Absolve Your Own Transness 59

During My Top Surgery Consultation 60

My Mother Believes in My Marriage and this Shows Me Her Heart 61

Expressing My Feelings to My Future Husband-Wife 63

In Bed with My Future 68

Notes 71

Acknowledgements 75

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