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Art History Humanities Journal/Diary Nonfiction Poetry

Of Souls & Roles, Of Sex & Gender : A Treasury of Transsexual, Transgenderist & Transvestic Verse from 1967 to 1991

By Trish Salah and Rupert Raj, 2018

Anthology collection of trans verse poems from 1967-1991. “It was important to me to create this work because, through the medium of “feelings-in-words” – ranging from the silly to the sublime – I aspired to shed some light on the real lives of transsexual and transgender(ist) people and crossdressers as they were living them a quarter of a century ago: lamenting the substantial barriers and the all-too-painful losses (poignancy), while also celebrating the remarkable resiliency (personal power) and hard-won successes of their quest to live an authentic life, to show the world their “true” self. Indeed, this collection reflects the psychosexual, psychospiritual, sociocultural, sociopolitical and historical profiles and proclivities of an “occasionally-intentional” and creatively-complex community, comprised of idiosyncratic individuals innovatively individuating in ever-evolving expression! Dialectical dynamics of souls and roles, of sex and gender. ” – Rupert Raj, Introduction

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