knot   body

Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch

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Bringing together poetry, essay, and letters to "lovers, friends and in-betweens," Eli Tareq Bechelany-Lynch confronts the ways capitalism, fatphobia, ableism, transness, and racializations affect people with chronic pain, illness, and disability. knot  body explores what it means to discover the limits of your body, and contends with what those limitations bring up in the world we live in.

 

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POETRY / LETTERS
First printing
Perfect-bound
108 pages
ISBN | 978-1-988355-21-4
Editor | Tess Liem
Cover art | Lee Lai
Cover typography | Marcela Huerta
Author portrait | Lenore Claire Harrem

 

 

 

 

Blurbs


 

 

"For me, the power of knot  body stems from its courage and unique voice in writing the ache, the ache of chronic pain, the ache of faulty diagnoses and bodily misreadings, and, equally, the ache for honest answers on how to love each other in all our dignity. Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch is an artist and philosopher of talent, generosity, and heart."

- David Chariandy, author of Brother (Penguin Random House)

 

“In this moment, when trans, racialized and disabled bodies are met with violent and polarizing commentary within the public sphere, Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch offers us the uninterrupted intimacy of knot body. As self-communional as Kiese Laymon’s Heavy and Terese Marie Mailhot’s Heart Berries, they amplify and queer the epistolary memoir genre. Each letter is emotionally and thematically complete and, too, each letter decidedly speaks to the next. Readers may ruminate on the sharp and sensual inquiry offered by each individual letter, or read cover-to-cover and be present to the gorgeously-engaged, call-and-response quality of knot body as a whole.” 

- Amber Dawn, author of My Art is Killing Me (Arsenal Pulp Press)

 

"knot  body is such a generous tapestry of tenderness—a collection that brilliantly utilizes the direct address in a way that is not universal, but still beautifully communal. I reached the end of this collection and breathed in a newer, better world."  

- Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Fortune for Your Disaster (Tin House)

 

 

 

 

 

Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch is a queer Arab poet living in Tio’tia:ke, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory (Montreal). Their work has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry 2018 anthology, GUTS, carte blanche, the Shade Journal, The New Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, Room Magazine, and elsewhere. They participated in the Banff Centre’s ‘Centering Ourselves’ BIPOC residency, and they were longlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2019. You can find their book reviews on instagram @elitareqreads.

 

 

 


 

 

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