Seahorse by Natasha Dennerstein

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Seahorse by Natasha Dennerstein


Seahorse follows the poet as she navigates the terrain between male and female. The reader follows on her harsh and rocky journey from the you of her youth to the "I" of her realized Self. Sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious, this transpoetic personal odyssey can be appreciated by men, women and those intrepid souls who inhabit the places between.

What People Are Saying

"Now, especially now, it’s vital that we remember the pasts that shape our presents, even as they (thankfully) do not define them. In Seahorse, Natasha Dennerstein does just this: mines the past—of trans representation, of feminist thought, her own—in order to give depth to the present, how it is possible that 'there is an 'I' at all.  At turns 'bitter and twisted,' 'cunning,' 'warm / and effervescent,' Dennerstein’s collection testifies to the work—the bloody, relentless, sexy, public-private work—behind the statement 'I survive.'"

Cam Awkward-Rich, Sympathetic Little Monster (2016)

"Natasha Dennerstein pops her poetry with culture, estrogen, and brilliantly bold honesty. Reading this book brought me closer to myself, my sisters, and our shared histories. Trans is beautiful and Natasha illustrates how that beauty comes from hard won victories over self and others. Seahorse is a well-cast spell. I'm so grateful for these words."

Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Lambda Literary-award Winning, Tango, My Childhood Backwards (2011)

"How lucky we are to be swimming in the same ocean as Natasha Dennerstein’s Seahorse. Tender and fierce, funny and wrenching, direct and sly, these poems are captivating. From sex worker to nurse to poet, Dennerstein shows us how one transwoman has lived in order to bring us all back to life."

TC Tolbert, poet laureate of Tucson, Arizona, author of Gephyromania (2014)

"Natasha Dennerstein’s Seahorse escorts you as you 'limp your way' to the street and to the hospital room, collecting 'twenty-dollar bills,' 'gauze and sequins,' 'cabbies and truckers' in 'the afternoon Coors sunlight' toward the discovery that after all the 'blood-stained ribbon,' after all the fear 'of being clocked,' you, too, can 'do it / sooner, do it quicker, do it sooner,' you can, like the narrator, be a 'spy in the house of love,' 'survive / on sandwiches, apples, coffee, Marlboro Lights, / the kindness of queers' and arrive to where 'Now there is an "I."'” 

Matthew Clark Davison, Creative Writing Professor at SFSU and “The Lab"


Publication Details

All of our books are printed locally in Oakland, CA. We strongly believe in supporting local publishers and local printers. 

March 2017 • 5 x 7 • 40 pp. • Trade Paper

ISBN: 978-0-9981348-3-3

Original front- and back-cover artwork by Arthur Johnstone

Interior and cover design by J. K. Fowler

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