ARC Mini-Review: There Are Trans People Here by H. Melt

There are trans people here in the past, the present, and the future. 

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There Are Trans People Here (Breakbeat Poets)

H. Melt’s writing centers the deep care, love, and joy within trans communities. This poetry collection describes moments of resistance in queer and trans history as catalysts for movements today. It honors trans ancestors and contemporary activists, artists, and writers fighting for trans liberation. There Are Trans People Here is a testament to the healing power of community and the beauty of trans people, history, and culture.4

My thoughts

H. Melt can deliver a punch. History is harsh and painful to those who don’t fit into the white hetero Christian stereotype. Melt’s verses can make you cry, smile, wince, and feel the emotions of today and yesterday.  

Melt covers every topic imaginable from transphobia to transitioning to self-confrontation. Whether you are sitting in a synagogue, a conference, or walking on a street, Melt will tell your story. Melt writes of the impacts of Ross Gay, Chelsea Manning, Laura Jane Grace, and many others.

I will say that my favorite verses are in the back of the book, where I call this section “Hope”. Where Melt writes of Trans celebrations should be everyday. Where trans people help trans people rise, heal, and succeed. 

There Are Trans People Here also has a “Study Guide” to assist readers in furthering their knowledge. Teaching others. Sharing the knowledge and sharing the power.

History is important. We keep making the same mistakes, but this does not mean that we cannot eventually learn from them. I refuse to believe that. H. Melt illuminates human stories through verse and photos. There Are Trans People Here and I see you thanks to H. Melt.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Haymarket Books, 9781642595727, 16 November 2021

Pages: 100

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