Spaces are not exterior to bodies. They influence and affect the way bodies exist in the world. A quarry is an unnatural place within a natural territory. At any moment, it can be abandoned. A body is not separate from the spaces it inhabits. They exist together, in a mutual state of interrelation and instability.
Quarry relays a year in the life of a body in transition as it changes with other bodies; human, animal, and mineral. It examines queer social spaces and contested natural spaces, asking how they affect each other. Using evocative metaphor and refreshing language, these poems make bodily experience new.
Tanis Franco eschews traditional narratives of the queer and transgender body, bringing nuanced ideas to an ongoing literary and philosophical conversation. Their strong sense of location and landscape is interwoven with sensual language and impeccable craft, creating a unique and distinctive voice.
Praise for Quarry:
In Tanis Franco’s Quarry, bois cruise the city/island/land distinctions, rearrange and make way for languages’ turbulent turns and breaks upon the materially becoming body. In their intimacy and ranging glance, Franco’s poems open upon what is sought after in a quarry: how to calculate “to what extent is the body aware of its intentions?”
– Trish Salah, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, Queen’s University
Franco’s Quarry is an existential investigation of queer bodies, queer love, of touch & its limitations. I admire these poems’ humor & sincerity, their excavations both of the historical & the possible self. Franco’s work collapses syntax, eschews tradition, & envisions the dissociating of language as the dissociation of our romantic, personal, & historical selves.
– Raena Shirali, author of GILT
About the Author(s):
Tanis Franco has been published in Grain, Room, and Best American Experimental Writing 2018. This is their first book.