By kate litterer
“Ghosty Boo lives inside of a book by Kate Litterer who lives with “a hard job to hurt out of revolted love.” Poetry is always asking us what is it we’re willing to do, and when we take into our own private worlds what’s sincere and true, fierce and relentlessly unforgiving are we able to ever feel safe again? Ghosty Boo has an answer for that.”
-Dara Wier, author of You Good Thing
It is love that drives this poetry, a love that lets the intelligence of the neglected glimmer and beat and breathe and crackle. Ghosty Boo circles through the magic and myth of a child raising her hand in the air, hoping a bird will land there. Here, Litterer stands up and offers us a talisman for walking in trauma, offers us talons.
-Kelin Loe, author of These Are the Gloria Stories
This is a sometimes harrowing, sometimes raunchy, and always gripping book that chronicles abuse, neglect, and trauma. Don’t open the cover expecting poetic transcendence. Ghosty Boo is that rare book of unmitigated frankness. It casts a cold eye on the world and on the self and in so doing creates a memorable, puissant darkness.
-Lynn Emanuel, author of The Nerve of It: Poems New and Selected
Ghosty Boo, A-Minor Press
Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking 2015): “There I Was Unrequited”
Hysteria (anthology, forthcoming)
A-Minor Magazine (excerpt from Ghosty Boo)
Barrelhouse: Brothers and Sisters issue
Quaint (issue 4, print)
“The Third Sex is Here to Stay”: Rhetorical Reconstructions of Lesbian Sexuality in Vice Versa.”
ABSTRACT: Vice Versa, published in Los Angeles from 1947–1948 and regarded as the first lesbian periodical in the United States, was authored and edited by Lisa Ben (anagram for “lesbian”). While Vice Versa is lauded for inspiring later lesbian publications, little scholarship has analyzed the magazine’s contents. Queer rhetorical analysis allows me to demonstrate the integral role Vice Versa played in counteracting cultural and medical classifications of lesbians during the 1940s. Through an analysis of Vice Versa‘s book and movie reviews, an editorial, and creative writing, this article analyzes the way Ben uses queer rhetoric to turn narratives of medical and psychological deviancy and inferiority into a means for empowerment and community building. By foregrounding queer rhetorical and discursive means through which the periodical engaged with and pushed back on culturally dominant views of lesbians as psychologically or biologically “inverted” and deviant within newspapers, film, and novels, my analysis of Vice Versa calls attention to the processes through which the magazine negotiated lesbian identity creation with dominant tropes that categorized lesbian bodies and desires as debased.