Water I Won’t Touch

Water I Won’t Touch

by Kayleb Rae Candrilli

Published by: Copper Canyon Press

Imprint: Copper Canyon Press

96 Pages, 9.00 x 6.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781556596179
  • Published: April 2021

$16.00

Both radically tender and desperate for change, Water I Won’t Touch is a life raft and a self-portrait, concerned with the vitality of trans people living in a dangerous and inhospitable landscape. Through the brambles of the Pennsylvania forest to a stretch of the Jersey Shore, in quiet moments and violent memories, Kayleb Rae Candrilli touches the broken earth and examines the whole in its parts. Written during the body’s healing from a double mastectomy—in the wake of addiction and family dysfunction—these ambitious poems put new form to what’s been lost and gained. Candrilli ultimately imagines a joyful, queer future: a garden to harvest, lasting love, the insistent flamboyance of citrus.