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"Espinoza's debut is a searing interrogation of the world and the self at once. Here, the body is a fixation-as if to look away from it, even briefly, is to risk having it erased. As such, this is a book of unblinking human preservation, and how we trespass ourselves seeking safer spaces. "There is nothing I love more than an honest storm," Espinoza writes. There Should Be"Espinoza's debut is a searing interrogation of the world and the self at once. Here, the body is a fixation-as if to look away from it, even briefly, is to risk having it erased. As such, this is a book of unblinking human preservation, and how we trespass ourselves seeking safer spaces. "There is nothing I love more than an honest storm," Espinoza writes. There Should Be Flowers is a storm to ravage and rearrange us from our crushing certainties. This book doesn't need a blurb. It simply needs to be read."-Ocean Vuong, author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds...

Title : There Should Be Flowers
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ISBN : 9781937865733
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 100 Pages
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There Should Be Flowers Reviews

  • Noura
    2019-01-18 09:47

    // Trigger warnings in this book: transphobia, depression //This is not an an easy book to read. Espinoza's words are meant to make you uncomfortable. They're so unflinching in their honesty but so gentle as well. There were several times when reading this where I had to put it down, take a very deep breath then pick it right back up.What an important poet. What a necessary book.

  • rosalind
    2019-01-13 16:49

    THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD!! IT'S SO GOOD!!!MORE COHERENT REVIEW FORTHCOMING

  • שולמית
    2019-01-03 08:39

    All that womanhoodcaught in the roofof my mouthwas like honey.I knew it would never go badso I never said a wordabout it.–From "My First Love"Espinoza's poetry is like balm on wounds I never even knew I had. She has a mastery of imagery that shines through in her grounded and minimalist style but what marks her work the most for me, another trans woman, is the way she hones so many of the feelings and experiences of our shared experiences with such definite and unique names. There Should be Flowers is the kind of work I will return to again and again, even after reading it front-to-back and back-to-front twice.

  • Emmeline Solomon
    2019-01-21 14:04

    I cried openly in a laundromat while reading this collection. Beautiful and honest and sad and somehow still hopeful. Read if you like: earnest open-hearted poetry.

  • Wendy Ortiz
    2018-12-22 12:48

    one of my favorite books read this year

  • Leah Rachel
    2019-01-21 12:58

    My #bookfren sent me There Should Be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza for our poetry box in April. It is a beautiful and moving book of poetry by a trans woman poet, an own voices tale of transness, depression, and panic attacks full of birds in the mouth and flowers trying to grow. It is a tale of self-preservation and survival told in sweet yet straightforward lines. The skill of Espinoza’s poetry is astonishing, each word and poem carefully crafted yet heavy with emotional depth. “I Don’t Know How to Tell You This,” “No Man,” “There Must Be Someplace,” all punched me in the teeth. “Poets Are All Comparing Themselves to Birds,” “This is a Poem About Wishing,” and “The Sunset is so Beautiful” pulled at my depression and anxiety, drew it to the front, and wrecked me. I recommend this poetry collection as highly as I can.

  • Raia
    2019-01-17 10:53

    a really unique voice, beautiful language, powerful poems. espinoza stretches between the timeless, infinite world of death, nature, the body, and relationships and the urgent, present world of transmisogyny, dysmorphia, technology, gender and power relations. poems about survival that form a praxis for continuing to live and feel, despite everything.

  • John
    2018-12-24 15:05

    Best Trans Poetry read of 2017

  • Emily
    2019-01-01 13:02

    AMAZING

  • Janel Brubaker
    2018-12-27 14:01

    Amazing book of poems! Heartwrenching and tragic, a beautiful story of identity and self-acceptance. Raw and honest and just incredible. And the writing is phenomenal!

  • Sarah
    2019-01-07 14:47

    So so good. I would recommend this book a thousand times. Some of the best poetry I’ve ever read.

  • Melissa Goodrich
    2019-01-21 08:42

    You need these poems in your life.

  • Mal Zeno
    2019-01-20 13:03

    This is a vital, beautiful treasure & I'm grateful for it.

  • Kurt Baumeister
    2019-01-12 11:54

    There Should be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinosa31434719This poetry collection turns on the physical and, even more so, the emotional challenges of being transsexual in post-post-modern America. The canvas it presents is one dominated by reds, blacks, and grays and there’s no easy way around that; not that Espinosa is looking for one. If this collection has one overarching theme it’s that the way forward almost always comes through pain. And a great deal of it. The corollary to this is that the author, one who has experienced so much pain, must fight to move beyond that pain; the fear that if she doesn’t, no one else will help her.The world Espinosa describes is familiar of course, the challenges of fitting in and finding oneself easily relatable when we strip away the overwhelming issues of physical transformation. The freedom that goes with accepting who we are, the challenges of convincing the rest of society to treat us with respect and, more than that, to treat us not as they see us but as we see ourselves—these are the obstacles There Should Be Flowers confronts.This is a raw, jarring volume, a collection made up of blunt statements, largely devoid of innuendo. Civility here has been stripped away by the challenges of life, challenges far beyond what most of us can imagine. This is a deeply personal collection; one with the capacity to bring us all closer to seeing the spirits not just of transsexuals but of so many who struggle with their bodies. In perhaps the greatest praise I can give, There Should Be Flowers is a book that will transform the way you see transsexuality.http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/kb...

  • Waffle
    2019-01-20 09:04

    Painful and necessary. So much love.