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Dream Rooms
Dream Rooms

Dream Rooms

0-3

SOCIAL SCIENCE

200 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $20.00 (US $20.00)

Publication Date: October 2022

ISBN 9781771667784

Rights: WOR X CA

Book*hug Press (Oct 2022)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: October 2022
 

Overview

Part essay, part poem, part fever dream journal entry, Dream Rooms is a book about personal revolution, about unravelling a worldview to make space for different selves and realities. Set in the years that led up to author River Halen coming out as trans, this collection concerns itself with what sits on the surface of daily life, hidden in plain view, hungry for address—what it means to take a stranger's pet rabbit to the vet in a year of accelerating extinctions, to lose your clothes to a moth infestation then buy a duvet made of fossil fuels, to learn your bookshelf is full of work written by rapists and rape apologists, to consider a birth control device as a narrative about bodies and their possibilities, then pull the string.Written with precision, humour, and sweeping lyrical insight, this work moves effortlessly from microcosm to macrocosm and back again, demonstrating the inextricability of self and world and how a shift in language or understanding in one realm ripples out. Deeply queer and trans not only in its content but in its thinking, Dream Rooms invites readers to that place in consciousness where fear and desire, hidden information and common knowledge brush up against each other and are mutually transformed.

Author Biography

River Halen is a non-binary transgender writer of Catalan and Danish descent born in Surrey, BC, on unceded Coast Salish land and now living in Tio'tia:ke (Montreal). Their poems and essays dealing with relation, ecology, transformation, and sexuality have been published widely in Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Japan. They have been shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and a National Magazine Award, and selected for inclusion in Best Canadian Essays.