Quarry by Tanis FrancoQuarry by Tanis Franco


byTanis Franco

Paperback | January 26, 2018

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Spaces are not exterior to bodies. They influence and affect the way bodies exist in the world. A quarry is an unnatural place within a natural territory. At any moment, it can be abandoned. A body is not separate from the spaces it inhabits. They exist together, in a mutual state of interrelation and instability. Quarry relays a year in the life of a body in transition as it changes with other bodies; human, animal, and mineral. It examines queer social spaces and contested natural spaces, asking how they affect each other. Using evocative metaphor and refreshing language, these poems make bodily experience new. Tanis Franco eschews traditional narratives of the queer and transgender body, bringing nuanced ideas to an ongoing literary and philosophical conversation. Their strong sense of location and landscape is interwoven with sensual language and impeccable craft, creating a unique and distinctive voice.
Tanis Franco has been published in Grain, Room, and Best American Experimental Writing 2018. This is their first book.
Title:QuarryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9 × 5.7 × 0.4 inPublished:January 26, 2018Publisher:University Of Calgary PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1552389812

ISBN - 13:9781552389812


Editorial Reviews

Franco here writes beautifully, with imagery of the can?t-go-back sort, line breaks that magnify scenes, and a tone that feels plain-true (yet far from plain). However, the poems are worth reading not for what they do on the page-vacuum, but for where they guide the reader, by way of things concrete (stones, rocks, a quarry), to a place of only being, to the seen/un/seen?s edge.- Hayden Bergman, The Literary Review