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Poetry. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. Through a combination of lyric, narrative, & fractured essay, SYMPATHETIC LITTLE MONSTER attempts to make a space & a shape for the little girl who haunts our cultural/ personal narratives about blackness & transmasculinity. As a trans coming-of-age text the work is intensely inward- focused, but it resists the imperative of Poetry. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. Through a combination of lyric, narrative, & fractured essay, SYMPATHETIC LITTLE MONSTER attempts to make a space & a shape for the little girl who haunts our cultural/ personal narratives about blackness & transmasculinity. As a trans coming-of-age text the work is intensely inward- focused, but it resists the imperative of linear autobiography. Instead, it uses the personal as a tool to explore what kind of thing a "self" is, its relation to trauma & objectification, & its capacity to be multiple.


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Poetry. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. Through a combination of lyric, narrative, & fractured essay, SYMPATHETIC LITTLE MONSTER attempts to make a space & a shape for the little girl who haunts our cultural/ personal narratives about blackness & transmasculinity. As a trans coming-of-age text the work is intensely inward- focused, but it resists the imperative of Poetry. African American Studies. LGBT Studies. Through a combination of lyric, narrative, & fractured essay, SYMPATHETIC LITTLE MONSTER attempts to make a space & a shape for the little girl who haunts our cultural/ personal narratives about blackness & transmasculinity. As a trans coming-of-age text the work is intensely inward- focused, but it resists the imperative of linear autobiography. Instead, it uses the personal as a tool to explore what kind of thing a "self" is, its relation to trauma & objectification, & its capacity to be multiple.

30 review for Sympathetic Little Monster

  1. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Every. Goddamn. Word. In. This. Book. Makes. Me. Want. To. Sing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marne Wilson

    These are delicate poems about transformation and metamophosis. My favorite lines, from “Ars Poetica”: “I don’t trust anyone/ who has never learned the person can’t be separated// from the rot.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bogi Takács

    Awesome and very cohesive poetry collection, with a strong sense of ambience; I want to write a longer review later with some quotes too. ____ Source of the book: Bought with my own money

  4. 5 out of 5

    Noura

    I wanted to say that I loved this because Cameron Awkward-Rich is one of my favorite poets but I just couldn't. It was missing something for me and I can't put my finger as to what that thing is. Still, I will continue reading all his work because this didn't curb my love for them. I wanted to say that I loved this because Cameron Awkward-Rich is one of my favorite poets but I just couldn't. It was missing something for me and I can't put my finger as to what that thing is. Still, I will continue reading all his work because this didn't curb my love for them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Godwin

    im just a gay lil monster

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ilana Moyer

    SUCH a beautiful, accessible collection of trans-centered poetry.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rivka Yeker

    Sympathetic Little Monster speaks to the childhood self. It doesn't invalidate the childhood self's experience, nor does it eliminate the pain. It just sits with it. It says, "you existed and now I exist -- and we can co-exist, even if it hurts sometimes." Not a mourning, maybe a reckoning. A beautiful book, one that reopened my heart and left me feeling raw and simultaneously at peace. Sympathetic Little Monster speaks to the childhood self. It doesn't invalidate the childhood self's experience, nor does it eliminate the pain. It just sits with it. It says, "you existed and now I exist -- and we can co-exist, even if it hurts sometimes." Not a mourning, maybe a reckoning. A beautiful book, one that reopened my heart and left me feeling raw and simultaneously at peace.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Diana Marie Denza

    I first heard Cameron Awkward-Rich read from Sympathetic Little Monster at the 2019 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival, and knew I had to buy the book. This collection is deeply profound because it conveys, without muddled or overly-complex language, what it means to be queer, black, and trans in a world that doesn't always understand or acknowledge these identities. Two highlights in the collection were "The Child Formerly Known As____" and "Essay on the Appearance of Ghosts." Read this collection! I first heard Cameron Awkward-Rich read from Sympathetic Little Monster at the 2019 Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival, and knew I had to buy the book. This collection is deeply profound because it conveys, without muddled or overly-complex language, what it means to be queer, black, and trans in a world that doesn't always understand or acknowledge these identities. Two highlights in the collection were "The Child Formerly Known As____" and "Essay on the Appearance of Ghosts." Read this collection!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joshie

    I will re read this again and again. What a curious, tense, and honest breath of new life into narrative, poetry, and theory. Thank you Awkward-Rich. (Also I have a feeling Awkward-Rich would be an amazing comedy writer as well. Some of the poems’ honest walked on the important tragic end of what seemed to have glimpses of genuine joy and humor— think for example the first poem on airports).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Em

    This text is rich and amazing. I read it in one sitting, but read each entry multiple times. I feel like I need to read it again and after a month to give it a proper review because all I can do is think of its brilliance.

  11. 5 out of 5

    willowdog

    These are lyrical poems of story-like images of transition girl to boy. Interesting, yet found them cold. We are looking from afar.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    ugh. so good. read. repeat.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Micol Mian

    Ho dovuto comprare questo libretto dagli Stati Uniti e aspettare più di un mese perché arrivasse e diverse delle poesie le avevo già lette in "Transit", eppure è valsa la pena per ogni singola parola. Comprese quelle ripetute. Ci sono così tanti livelli di lettura - dalla transizione alla violenza razziale alla violenza di genere alla violenza della Modernità stessa («The story of modernity is a ghost story, after all») alla solitudine alla sessualità al dolore - e sono tutti perfettamente fusi i Ho dovuto comprare questo libretto dagli Stati Uniti e aspettare più di un mese perché arrivasse e diverse delle poesie le avevo già lette in "Transit", eppure è valsa la pena per ogni singola parola. Comprese quelle ripetute. Ci sono così tanti livelli di lettura - dalla transizione alla violenza razziale alla violenza di genere alla violenza della Modernità stessa («The story of modernity is a ghost story, after all») alla solitudine alla sessualità al dolore - e sono tutti perfettamente fusi in un discorso unico e coerente come può essere unica e coerente (e non esserlo al tempo stesso, per forza di cose) l'esperienza di un singolo individuo. Che porta dentro di sé innumerevoli fantasmi, di tutto ciò che è e non è stato. Oltre alla bellezza struggente dei versi e dei simboli. Elettrici e sfaccettati. Intensissimi.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kyli

    Read for ENGL 3331

  15. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    So much, so powerful. Such delicate use of language to work with such rough feelings. I'll be coming back to this one, trying to take in more, learn from it. So much, so powerful. Such delicate use of language to work with such rough feelings. I'll be coming back to this one, trying to take in more, learn from it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    So good it almost hurts.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Wow. Just, WOW.

  18. 5 out of 5

    annie

    such an incredible book of poetry wow

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Powerful writing, especially "The Child Formerly Known As ________." Powerful writing, especially "The Child Formerly Known As ________."

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie DeLay

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Payne

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tessa

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Gomez

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor

  25. 4 out of 5

    Krithi

  26. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Lau

  27. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

  28. 4 out of 5

    beyza

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emnet Woldemicael

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

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