Poet. Essayist. Editor. Scholar.
PRAISE FOR QUICKSAND/STARGAZING
Remi Recchia’s poetry is both tender and darkly funny, deftly interspersing lines like “Did Christ/appraise his wounds for insurance?” along with “I don’t want/you to know we’re alone,/so let me be your star.” The poems in this book are intimate and personal, often chronicling and meditating on what life is like with a partner, that close bond like no other, while also exploring identity, gender, the aftermath of top surgery, exes, family, and navigating all of that in a complicated and ever changing world. This collection brought me joy reading it and just knowing it exists. I hope it does for all readers.
JOANNA C. VALENTE,
author of A LOVE STORY
These poems engage with what it means to be an authentic human-animal: to be endangered and empowered at once, to be "harsh and golden and brave," to compassionately inhabit the complex space between the poles of this collection's title. Quicksand/Stargazing amazes me with its range of forms and shapes, all woven through with a voice that is ecstatic, urgent, tender, and unflinching. This voice insists that it is still possible to seriously, honestly, unironically believe in love. “I am not embarrassed by most things” proclaims Remi Recchia, and how lucky that makes the readers of this brilliant and necessary book.
F. DANIEL RZICZNEK, author of NAG CHAMPA IN THE RAIN
After four days in a tomb, the resurrected Lazarus must have known something about faith, transformation, and becoming a challenge to normative culture. In Quicksand/Stargazing, Remi Recchia offers up tender songs and precise guides to living and loving through the relentlessness of gender norms. Before using a public bathroom, "[t]ell your wife where you are, how long you’ll be. Take your phone with you." These poems remind us that the everyday is transformative--and that what's transformative is both sweet and perilous: "If I stood, I know I would rise / like a Lazarus in the heat of certainty."
K. LORRAINE GRAHAM, author of THE REST IS CENSORED
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Remi Recchia, PhD, is a trans poet, essayist, and editor from Kalamazoo, Michigan. A five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Remi's work has appeared in Best New Poets 2021, World Literature Today, Prairie Schooner, the minnesota review, and Bayou Magazine, among others. Two of his poems have won prizes from the Academy of American Poets. He has been a Thomas Lux and Tin House Scholar. Works include Quicksand / Stargazing (Cooper Dillon Books, 2021); Sober (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2022); From Gold, Ghosts: Alchemy Erasures (Gasher Press, forthcoming); Transmasculine Poetics: Filling the Gap in Literature & the Silences Around Us (Sundress Publications, forthcoming); and Little Lenny Gets His Horns (Querencia Press, forthcoming). Remi holds an MFA in poetry from Bowling Green State University.