Our Air

A debut poetry collection about Earth and to Earth that contemplates imposed systems—gender, capitalism, time, wage and exploitation—and how they are mapped onto us, the trees, and the planet.



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Immersed in a tangled weave of contemporary life where big box stores and suburban parking lots coexist alongside the instructive silence of juniper trees and a pulsing waterfall, Our Air sketches the possibilities of eco and social interdependence during late-stage capitalism. Their inscriber, Nora Treatbaby, is a trans woman reckoning with the constraints of gender categories, when being a woman is “an implausible dream” and “an insane vibration.” With sincere curiosity and a sprinkling of levity, these poems advocate for the world-building potential available in a material commitment to gentle friendship with all networks of life on Earth.


Thudding through the spine of Nora Treatbaby’s Our Air is her observation “it is vulnerable to be in awe.” These poems’ political promise is to render us vulnerable: uncovering the source of our wounds so we may touch them. Here, dominant grammars self-destruct and love springs forth from a seed, no longer the property of the naive. Tracing the grotesque shards of capitalist detritus and preaching metaphysical axioms, Treatbaby is our theologian at the end of a world that is ceaselessly refusing to end. I’d follow her anywhere.

-Rosie Stockton
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ISBN: 978-1-643-62196-8
Paperback, 96 pages, 6 x 8.5 inches
Publication Date: February 27, 2024

[Treatbaby’s] multivalent boldness—a hallmark of her new book, Our Air—makes her a particular voice in this generation of poets; she is playful without trivializing her distress, political without being rigid or reactionary, queer without being obvious, and endlessly thoughtful without getting lost in intellectual jargon or posturing. She knows where she stands – or she isn’t sure but she’s going to make you laugh about it.

Nora Treatbaby is a writer and artist based in New York State. Our Air is her first book. She has published two chapbooks, I <3 2 Swim (2022) and …

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