Today’s GalleyCrush is Kayleb Rae Candrilli’s Water I Won’t Touch, forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press on April 20, 2021.
Perfect pitch: “Both radically tender and desperate for change, Water I Won’t Touch is a life raft and a self-portrait, concerned with the vitality of trans people living in a dangerous and inhospitable landscape.”
First lines: “In the beginning, there was a boy / who touched me as he shouldn’t have.”
Big blurb: “When I read Water I Won’t Touch, I dog-eared many pages, underlined many lines. Candrilli’s poems are intimate, nimble, glinting with tenderness and an astonishing lyricism. The physicality of violence electrifies memory, a refusal to conform and the euphoria of love sweetens the future. Language this good, this deftly composed fills me with gratitude. Candrilli is a fearless and brilliant poet.” —Eduardo C. Corral
Book notes: Poetry, paperback, 96 pages.
Author bio: Kayleb Rae Candrilli is the recipient of a Whiting Award and the author of All the Gay Saints (Saturnalia Books, 2020) and What Runs Over (YesYes Books, 2017), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry and the American Book Fest Best Book Award for LGBTQ nonfiction. Their work has also appeared in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, American Poets, TriQuarterly, and Boston Review, among other publications. They live in Philadelphia.