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.
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.
“Described as ‘a transpoetics at gender’s edge,’ Treatbaby’s chapbook is marked by a devotion to beauty and commitment to the struggle of living it. Emerging as a voice in the contested chorus of queer utopian poetics, Treatbaby’s poems are always situated in the speaker’s transness, taking it as a method of traversing time and a way of finding pleasure in a World bent on discipline, efficiency, and accumulation.”