In America by Diana Goetsch

In America

Diana Goetsch’s eighth collection of poems, her first since coming out as a trans woman, introduces us to another country, where an airport, a Starbucks, a family dinner are as confounding as the riddle of the Sphinx. Maybe the answers to how to navigate America are in plain sight, spelled out in a pop song or on a milk carton. Maybe we’re destined to be tumbleweed, “drift...

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In America Reviews

  • Drew
    There's a welcome directness in Diana Goetsch's poetry too often missing in contemporary verse. This is a writer who confronts her subjects head on and then goes deep, whether she's describing a "tranny bar" in NYC, an encounter with a TSA agent, or the end of a friendship. Even when she's more on t...
  • Jimmy
    One of the runner-ups to the 2017 Rattle Chapbook prize. Here are links to two poems I liked: http://referentialmagazine.org/schnei...http://referentialmagazine.org/waves-......
  • Frank Mundo
    “In America” by Diana Goetsch, is amazing. I got it for free with my subscription to Rattle Magazine. I really enjoyed almost every poem in the collection. “Lock on my Door” was my favorite piece, but there were so many that are memorable. Check out this book or this author if yo...
  • Kent Winward
    Accessible and at times poignant. I think I actually enjoyed this "Runner-Up" in the Rattle Chapbook prize, more than Taylor Mali's Whetting Stone. But does all poetry these days need a shtick? Suicide for Mali and transgender issues for Goetsch. To Goetsch's credit though, many of the poems fit the...
  • Alarie
    (2017 Rattle Chapbook Prize Selection) This chapbook chronicles Goetsch’s experiences in coming to terms with being transgendered and society’s frequent inability to come to terms with it. The title poem starts the collection with a bang. After being searched at the airport, she says, ...
  • Nicole
    Very powerful yet casual and direct poetry. I didn’t realize until after I finished reading that this is her first poetry collection after transitioning. Got this with my Rattle subscription and I think it’s better than the 2017 chapbook winner, just more of my style....
  • Diana Iozzia
    “In America”Written by Diana GoetschI feel very uncomfortable rating this book, because I reached out to Diana herself to read and review her book. She was concerned that my taste in poetry and reading material might not fit the book she’s written. I’m sad to say that she’s ...
  • Luanne Castle
    Goetsch is well-known for writing 31 essays following her transition from male to female. These essays, called Life in Transition, are archived at The American Scholar at this link: https://theamericanscholar.org/diana-...#. In this poetry chapbook, Goetsch writes about a life in flux and shaped in ...
  • Nathan   Horowitz
    If all books drawing on the transgender experience are this good, I’ll be reading a lot more of them. I recently saw Diana read two poems from this collection. The first passage that registered as amazing was a brief and perfect description of Bowie’s voice. The second was a complex and pu...

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