Dances of Time & Tenderness

A cycle of stories linking queer memory, activism, death, and art in a transpoetic history of desire and touch.



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Dances of Time and Tenderness is a bold, sensual cycle of transpoetic stories that blend memory and movement in an innovative choreo-text of rage, sweetness and sorrow. A dance hall where the dead and the living meet, the tales take us from the dungeons of 1990s San Francisco to the goldsmith’s forges of the earliest cities, tracing a transgenderational lineage of queer carnality. Not a memoir, but a collective memory, Julian Carter invites us to join artists and AIDS activists, sailors and skeletons, to fulfill the trans promise: “what we do with our bodies changes worlds.”


Julian Carter has an eye for exquisite detail: a step, a glance, a footprint on a page—all enchained in lyric vignettes where queer and trans generations invite us to dance across the folds of time.

-Susan Stryker
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ISBN: 9781643622347
Paperback, 176 pages, 6 x 8 in
Publication Date: June 4, 2024

Lyrical, fervent ponderings on the intersection of queerness, art, eroticism, and history. . . Within this vibrant interwoven tapestry, the author has created a welcome cultural retrospective of LGBTQ+ life.

-Kirkus Reviews 

Julian Carter works in many genres, drawing on both his Ph.D. in 20th c cultural and intellectual history and decades of deep commitment to embodied creative practice. In all …

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