Stephanie Burt at Harvard Book Store
We Are Mermaids:
in conversation with LAURA KASISCHKE
December 7, 2022
6:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes STEPHANIE BURT—professor of English at Harvard University and coeditor at the Nation—for a discussion of her new book of poetry We Are Mermaids. She will be joined in conversation by LAURA KASISCHKE.
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About We Are Mermaids
Stephanie Burt’s poems in We Are Mermaids are never just one thing. Instead, they revel in their multiplicity, their interconnectedness, their secret powers to become much more than they at first seem. In these poems, punctuation marks make arguments for their utility and their rights to exist. Frozen isn’t simply another Disney animated musical but “the Most Trans Movie Ever.” Mermaids, werewolves, and superheroes don’t just fret over divided natures and secret identities, but celebrate their wholeness, their unique abilities, and their erotic potential. Flowers in this collection bloom into exactly what they are meant to be―revealing themselves, like bleeding hearts, beyond their given names.
With humor and insight, Burt’s poems have always cherished and examined the things of this world, both real and imagined objects of fascination and desire. In this resplendent new collection, her observation and care flourish into her most fulfilled book yet. These poems shake off indecisiveness and doubt to reach joys through romance and family, through nature (urban and otherwise), and through imaginative community. We Are Mermaids is a trans book, a fangirl book, a book about coming together. It’s also Burt’s best book.
Praise for We Are Mermaids
“Burt’s imagination is rendered in mellifluous, energetic language in this memorable book.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Stephanie Burt’s newest collection, We Are Mermaids, is a time capsule of girlhood, a transfiguration of silence into song, a mermaid’s scales rearranged into poems.”―C. E. Janecek, Colorado Review
“In poems rich and strange, Stephanie Burt offers us all possible incarnations―what we were, what we weren’t, what we might have been, what we may yet be―while honoring what each sacred individual life has always been. . . .This is a poet of dazzling skill, mystical vision, wild imagination, sensual intuition.”―Laura Kasischke
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