LAURA CRONK with Justin Sherwood
As I began to read Ghost Hour, taking pains to not over-identify with the poet on the page, who is and isnt Cronk, I was thwarted at every turn. The book turns out to be, in large part, about the pull of identification. In the two poems called Ancestry (the second of which is published below), and more obliquely in other poems, Cronk considers her multiple identities, and how they position her in the worldas a poet, a mother, a white woman.
Ricky Tucker with Justin Sherwood
And the Category Is is a celebration of the Ballroom scene, the subculture created in New York City by Black and Latinx queer and trans youth seeking freedom from the oppressive forces of racism, homophobia, transphobia, and capitalism through dance, chosen family, and creative expression.