[WHITE]

Poems

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Trim size: 5.000in x 8.000in

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Paperback

Pub Date: 09/15/2021

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6039-3

List Price: $19.95

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Published with the generous support of National Poetry Foundation

[WHITE]

Poems

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'White is not blank nor is it pure,' Trevor Ketner writes in [WHITE], an obsessive, amphetaminate, formally adventurous, book-length exploration of the palimpsestic nature of art, gender, literature, and selfhood. Ketner's meditations on Rauschenberg's multi-faceted work becomes, as well, an examination of racial identity, queerness, and erasure.

—Forrest Gander, author of Be With and The Trace

An impressive debut, [WHITE] is a gestural, lyric analogue of a Rauschenberg combine: 'Art as context exercise;' 'Artist as:/fussiest framer.' From out of a collage of autobiographical detail and opulently performative phrasing, a trenchant essay emerges about white queer art-making, appropriation, erasure, and violence. Ketner might embrace visual art's mid-century white gay avant-garde, but their lusty retrospective glance doesn't idealize its network of lovers, collaborators, and competitors. Instead, [WHITE] explores the pleasures and limits of identification, tradition, and desire.

—Brian Teare, author of Doomstead Days