In her powerful debut collection of poetry, Arielle Twist unravels the complexities of human relationships after death and metamorphosis. In these spare yet powerful poems, she explores, with both rage and tenderness, the parameters of grief, trauma, displacement, and identity. Weaving together a past made murky by uncertainty and a present which exists in multitudes, Arielle Twist poetically navigates through what it means to be an Indigenous trans woman, discovering the possibilities of a hopeful future and a transcendent, beautiful path to regaining softness.
Advance Praise for Disintegrate/Dissociate
“Arielle Twist’s visceral poetry is built and rebuilt through breaking, demonstrating the vitality of destruction. This sharp, absorbing debut collection will break you and then rebirth you.”
—Vivek Shraya, author of I’m Afraid of Men and even this page is white
“A dazzling debut that is one of the most exciting developments in the literary queer poetic tradition. Combining deft eloquence with fierce emotional intensity, these poems form a bridge between past and present, pain and pleasure, ancestral love and romantic love. Twist’s voice is urgent, sexy, and deeply intelligent. To read this book is to dive deep into an exploration of the ways in which the body is marked by time and place—by sexuality, violence, colonization, kinship, and hope. Long after you turn the final page, you will still hear these poems singing somewhere inside your bones.”
—Kai Cheng Thom, author of A Place Called No Homeland and Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars
“Arielle Twist is an expansive force of holy radiant power and illuminating fury.
Disintegrate/Dissociate follows in the literary footsteps of legendary trans femme writers, but Twist carves a new path for herself. Rooted in a fierce Nēhiyaw love, Disintegrate/Dissociate is an uncompromising articulation of Indigenous sovereignty, trans girl beauty, and radical sex. In Arielle’s writing, the ancestors sing loudly and without shame, creating new worlds and decolonial possibilities for everyone who witnesses Twist’s brilliance.”
—Gwen Benaway, author of Holy Wild and Passage
*Cover & Heading art by @Nalakwsis*