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There are trans people here in the past, the present, and the future. H. Melt's writing centers the deep care, love, and joy within trans communities. This poetry collection describes moments of resistance in queer and trans history as catalysts for movements today. It honors trans ancestors and contemporary activists, artists, and writers fighting for trans liberation. Th There are trans people here in the past, the present, and the future. H. Melt's writing centers the deep care, love, and joy within trans communities. This poetry collection describes moments of resistance in queer and trans history as catalysts for movements today. It honors trans ancestors and contemporary activists, artists, and writers fighting for trans liberation. There Are Trans People Here is a testament to the healing power of community and the beauty of trans people, history, and culture.


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There are trans people here in the past, the present, and the future. H. Melt's writing centers the deep care, love, and joy within trans communities. This poetry collection describes moments of resistance in queer and trans history as catalysts for movements today. It honors trans ancestors and contemporary activists, artists, and writers fighting for trans liberation. Th There are trans people here in the past, the present, and the future. H. Melt's writing centers the deep care, love, and joy within trans communities. This poetry collection describes moments of resistance in queer and trans history as catalysts for movements today. It honors trans ancestors and contemporary activists, artists, and writers fighting for trans liberation. There Are Trans People Here is a testament to the healing power of community and the beauty of trans people, history, and culture.

30 review for There Are Trans People Here

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    “There Are Trans People Here” (2021) is written by the award-winning poet H. Melt. In this boldly crafted collection every aspect of trans identity, experience, events and culture are widely celebrated. In addition, acclaimed and prominent historical trans pioneers (elders) are recognized for their outreach and march for human rights and social justice; along with many contemporary influencers, artists, writers in modern society. There are facts, lists, and recommendations for further study, som “There Are Trans People Here” (2021) is written by the award-winning poet H. Melt. In this boldly crafted collection every aspect of trans identity, experience, events and culture are widely celebrated. In addition, acclaimed and prominent historical trans pioneers (elders) are recognized for their outreach and march for human rights and social justice; along with many contemporary influencers, artists, writers in modern society. There are facts, lists, and recommendations for further study, some of the poems have been previously published. The four artistic collages featuring hundreds of (trans) people are awesome! The introduction poem is the same as the title of the book: “There Are Trans People Here” which shows that trans people live all over in unnamed cities and communities and have the same jobs and careers as everyone else. “Dysphoria Js Not My Name” (after Ross Gay) highlights the unpopularity of selective surgery and the beauty signified by scars, “Trans Care” is the follow-up indicating the necessity of insurance, care plans, and aftercare that includes loving family and friends, this similar theme continues in the poem: “Intensive Care.” The poems featuring literary themes are a favorite subject matter really stand out. The oldest gay bookstore in the country “Giovanni’s Room” (titled poem) is located in Philadelphia, PA. The store is named after the 1956 classic novel written by the acclaimed gay literary icon James Baldwin (1924-87). Over the years brick and mortar bookstores have closed in alarming numbers or are restructured to keep the doors open. Giovanni’s Room is currently operated by an AIDS non-profit and sells other things besides new and used books. H. Melt describes being employed “At The Dream Job” that is, working for a low-wage feminist bookstore in a stressful verbally abusive environment. “If You Are Over Cis People” (after the feminist poet Morgan Parker) has some advice for change. The poet happily recalls “Meeting Chelsea Manning” (after the Lambda Literary Awards). In the poem, “Trans Lit” according to Melt, is b******t unless it is written by trans people. Without (literary) education, awareness, and advocacy, attaining tolerance and understanding of our differences is challenging. Trans literature (regardless of author identity) clarifies and answers our basic most curious questions, it is necessary without question in a modern literate society. Many of the poems seemingly favor a separatist ideology/agenda for trans persons, more noticeably in the poem: “Trans Day of Revenge.” Every form of discrimination must be resisted, always. H. Melt (they/them) is a nonbinary transgender poet, author, artist, educator, and is based in Chicago, Illinois. (3*GOOD) ** With thanks to the Seattle Public Library for this book loan.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Em

    my 1st book of 2022!

  3. 4 out of 5

    BookChampions

    *There Are Trans People Here* is the full-length poetry collection by H. Melt of my hometown of Chicago. It's a collection H. Melt centers on trans joy and trans care. It isn't a book that will rip your heart into shreds or, for those mystified by poetry, leave you scratching your head. Its illuminating simplicity and unabashed joy are its strength, for it leaves no reader, especially its target audience, trans readers, in the dark. As they say in "Trans Lit (after Jamila Woods)," "Trans Lit is b *There Are Trans People Here* is the full-length poetry collection by H. Melt of my hometown of Chicago. It's a collection H. Melt centers on trans joy and trans care. It isn't a book that will rip your heart into shreds or, for those mystified by poetry, leave you scratching your head. Its illuminating simplicity and unabashed joy are its strength, for it leaves no reader, especially its target audience, trans readers, in the dark. As they say in "Trans Lit (after Jamila Woods)," "Trans Lit is bullshit unless it is written / by trans people, unless it is written / for trans people." If you are looking for how one finds joy in resistance or if you are a queer reader just tired by the marginalization and the fight, this book is the shot in the arm, leg, mind, and heart you need. In stark, unadorned prose, H. Melt celebrates the worth (and validates the rage) of every trans person and the importance of found family and self-care. I can't wait to find ways to use this book in my classroom!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Effy

    Simply beautiful, I wish this collection had been longer! 4.5/5 stars.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bailey

    Wish I could give this one more than five stars tbh.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    Warm, inviting poetry imagining joyful trans futures!! favorites: I Don’t Want a Trans President, Trans Temple

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Ranard

    In the afterword of There Are Trans People Here, H. Melt writes about the possibility of abolition, of liberation, of universal healthcare, of a world free of police. They write, "I know all of these things are possible because they are already happening." Which is like. What these poems feel like? Possible because they are already happening. Already happening. Melt imagines a trans museum, a city of trans liberation, trans house, trans day of revenge, everything trans. I'm just. Taken aback, in In the afterword of There Are Trans People Here, H. Melt writes about the possibility of abolition, of liberation, of universal healthcare, of a world free of police. They write, "I know all of these things are possible because they are already happening." Which is like. What these poems feel like? Possible because they are already happening. Already happening. Melt imagines a trans museum, a city of trans liberation, trans house, trans day of revenge, everything trans. I'm just. Taken aback, in the way where you start crying after a surprise party because you feel possible, you feel real, and that is what these poems do. These poems. They are odes to trans elders, to our friends, to history, to meal trains, to surgeries, to books, to slurs, to flowers, to our dreams. I read this book and I am marching and I am screaming: Yes! There are trans people here!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    "I remember the first time I picked up Nan Goldin's photography book The Other Side. [...] I was moved by the introduction, which states: 'the pictures in this book are not of people suffering gender dysphoria but rather expressing gender euphoria'" (53). "My radical imagination was crucial in writing this book. Marianne Kaba writes in We Do This 'Til We Free Us, 'My friend, scholar and activist Erica Meiners says that liberation under oppression is unthinkable by design...Our charge is to make i "I remember the first time I picked up Nan Goldin's photography book The Other Side. [...] I was moved by the introduction, which states: 'the pictures in this book are not of people suffering gender dysphoria but rather expressing gender euphoria'" (53). "My radical imagination was crucial in writing this book. Marianne Kaba writes in We Do This 'Til We Free Us, 'My friend, scholar and activist Erica Meiners says that liberation under oppression is unthinkable by design...Our charge is to make imagining liberation under oppression completely thinkable'" (54).

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    A marvelous gender-euphoric collection. The freedom dreaming here is heart warming, heart filling, and hopeful. There's also teacher resources in the back matter! So happy to add this phenomenal collection to my shelves. Teachers, order a copy for yourselves and one for your students. A marvelous gender-euphoric collection. The freedom dreaming here is heart warming, heart filling, and hopeful. There's also teacher resources in the back matter! So happy to add this phenomenal collection to my shelves. Teachers, order a copy for yourselves and one for your students.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Matt Sautman

    I was incredibly excited when I saw There Are Trans People Here in the Haymarket Book Club. Trans identity continues to remain underrepresented in poetry, and, as the author H. Melt notes, poems about Trans-joy even more so. However, the poetry here feels largely under-drafted. I am sure these poems will be meaningful for some readers, but from a craft standpoint, there is a distance here that prevents the language in these poems from immersing me in joy. Perhaps Melt’s other published poetry av I was incredibly excited when I saw There Are Trans People Here in the Haymarket Book Club. Trans identity continues to remain underrepresented in poetry, and, as the author H. Melt notes, poems about Trans-joy even more so. However, the poetry here feels largely under-drafted. I am sure these poems will be meaningful for some readers, but from a craft standpoint, there is a distance here that prevents the language in these poems from immersing me in joy. Perhaps Melt’s other published poetry avoids this problem, but so many of these poems felt like early drafts that had not yet had the opportunity to fully evolve into a full immersive experience. I did find one poem incredibly moving beyond any critique, however, “On My Way to Liberation.” This poem, which places Melt’s Trans-identity in conversation with their grandfather’s escape from Nazi occupation in Lithuania, feels as if no other author could have written it. The poem is undeniably powerful.

  11. 5 out of 5

    L. Skyford

    Thank you to @this_is_edelweiss and @haymarketbooks for the ARC of this lovely collection of poems about joyous Trans life! Now, I’m not well-versed (see what I did there?) in poetry. Like any teenage girl worth her salt, I dabbled in terrible and angsty poems about my unimportant life. This is one of the first books of poetry I’ve picked up in ages and it was so warm, accessible and full of life and joy. H. Melt brilliantly navigates Trans History with Dreams for Trans Futures. They had me wishi Thank you to @this_is_edelweiss and @haymarketbooks for the ARC of this lovely collection of poems about joyous Trans life! Now, I’m not well-versed (see what I did there?) in poetry. Like any teenage girl worth her salt, I dabbled in terrible and angsty poems about my unimportant life. This is one of the first books of poetry I’ve picked up in ages and it was so warm, accessible and full of life and joy. H. Melt brilliantly navigates Trans History with Dreams for Trans Futures. They had me wishing for Trans Day of Revenge and the moments, large and small, that matter to each and every trans person out there. -Ford

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mollie Murbach

    Leaving this one unrated because I’m struggling to assemble coherent thoughts. As a collection of poems only about 25% of this really worked for me and my taste in poetry. However the overall theme of trans liberation, especially within the afterword and discussion sections are incredible and I truly think this has a place in classrooms to accompany any conversation about trans liberation

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

    H. Melt can deliver a punch. History is harsh and painful to those who don’t fit into the white hetero christian stereotype. Melt’s verses can make you cry, smile, wince, and feel the emotions of today and yesterday. Check out the rest of my review at Phoebe's Randoms. H. Melt can deliver a punch. History is harsh and painful to those who don’t fit into the white hetero christian stereotype. Melt’s verses can make you cry, smile, wince, and feel the emotions of today and yesterday. Check out the rest of my review at Phoebe's Randoms.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Reese Kelly

    H Melt's poetry is a poignant example of weaving together legacies of oppression, of being/becoming, and community care. H Melt centralizes the trans experience and yet their message resonates well beyond our community. This is some of their best work to date! H Melt's poetry is a poignant example of weaving together legacies of oppression, of being/becoming, and community care. H Melt centralizes the trans experience and yet their message resonates well beyond our community. This is some of their best work to date!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Madeline Augusta Turner

    i think this is a necessary meditation on how to create a world centered in trans joy & a text which helped me think through how to better love & show up for my trans friends :) “blossoming” is really the best word to describe this book

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tempest B

    My fave poetry read of 2022, so far. Amazing! How do I get this volume into more people's hands? My fave poetry read of 2022, so far. Amazing! How do I get this volume into more people's hands?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    A beautiful collection of poems. Many tears.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    Matter-of-fact, precise. Blunt and freeing in style, in their vision of the future, in joy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Neda

    just fucking stellar

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    3.5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Paulina

  22. 4 out of 5

    Luca Suede

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shae

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julia Rabin

  25. 4 out of 5

    William_Furneaux

  26. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

  29. 4 out of 5

    David Magibabble

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

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