In Lieu of Solutions by Violet Spurlock


Softcover / / pp

ISBN 979-8-9889439-0-7


"This stunning debut collection by Violet Spurlock, a poet trained as a philosopher, is a trans ars poetica for our zeitgeist. Via a dazzling array of poetic forms, linguistic permutations, and neologisms Violet gives us an eye into the unresolved yet re-solving conundrum of being trans and a poet. Of transitioning but not transitioning yet. Waiting to transition. Having already transitioned and monitoring the size of one's 'titties'—so that rather than solutions, there is a way to live. A way towards life. A way of life. And the way is through poetry. 'A word was made different in response to a need,' she writes. And every word is spot on." — Julian Talamantez Brolaski

Violet Spurlock is a poet living in the Bay Area, where she is a Ph.D student at the University of California, Berkeley. Her chapbooks include Alloyed Bliss (Eyelet, 2021) and VS VS VS (GaussPDF, 2021). In Lieu of Solutions is her first full-length collection.