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    Theodore Ashford(Author)

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Before you come,
You ought to know

The name I use

Isn’t the name I’m called

At home

Once upon a time, there was a boy, only he didn’t know he was a boy. He didn’t know what was wrong at first, so he did the only thing he knew how—he wrote. And he kept writing as he learned more about himself and his place in the world.

TransVerse is a broad collection of poems, including haiku, sonnet, acrostic, rhyming, and free verse poetry. The poems start at the beginning of the author’s journey before he knew he was transgender, continue through his transition, and end at where he is today.

This collection of poems offers an unflinchingly honest look into what it’s like to be transgender. This book takes the reader by the hand and leads them through the author’s journey from girl to man, showing an intimate look at what it’s like inside a transgender mind.

Theodore Ashford first came out to his friends and family as transgender in 2013, though he had been struggling with the concept for several years before coming out. He began transitioning in 2013 and gave a talk about his journey as a transman in the summer of 2014 at [email protected] He has been writing the entire time. He currently lives in Oregon with the love of his life and two cats.

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  • PDF | 102 pages
  • Theodore Ashford(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (18 Dec. 2016)
  • English
  • 4
  • Gay & Lesbian

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  • By Emma Jaye on 21 April 2017

    For me, this was a look into a world I haven't experience personally, but Theodore's poetry gave me a clear insight. Gay rights are loudly, widely, debated and promoted. Male to female transgender individuals are prominent in the press. Female to male individuals? Nope, not come across them. Is that because they are so very rare?Or is it because they tend to suffer silently, because that's what men tend to do? The poems paint a picture of a young man struggling to be who he is on the inside, while everyone else sees, 'her' on the outside. Most people have body insecurities, have body parts, functioning body parts that don't feel correct, is one hell of a thing to deal with. Theodore doesn't pull any punches, which give a real insight into his life.The poems run in broadly chronological order, but I found the groupings at the end more useful, from Acceptance, Bathrooms, binding and packing, gender binary and non-binary, etc. As I writer, I was particularly interested in the language issues. Theodore's poetry brought home how something most of us take for granted, what pronoun we and others use, and the gender of given names is so very important.If awareness, understanding was his aim, Theodore has achieved this for this reader.Highly recommended.

  • By JB on 26 April 2017

    I almost never read poetry. Being a trained musician, I prefer hearing it in the form of song lyrics with music behind it.That said, I think this is an important body of poetry that needs to be read, either by a young person who is not sure what their gender should be or those ridiculous folks passing laws and making a fuss about transgendered people using the restroom so perhaps those people can actually understand the difficulties people go through without making lives even more difficult.I like that the poems were told in chronological order. They read more like a narrative that way and paints the picture the author wanted to show with these poems.I would hope that this book either gets picked up by a school or university to help the younger people. I hope parents pick this up, both for either their child and for themselves. I hope the people who simply don't understand will open their minds and read this

  • By Kathleen Rowland on 2 May 2017

    I received an arc of TransVerse from the author, Theodore Ashford. I wanted to read and review this book of poetry on the transgender topic. In the last three years a niece and nephew emerged from their closets. It was scary for them to make a decision to live as openly gay. Even as adults of over thirty-years-old, they have faced stereotypical judgements. I admire them both for living authentic lives. They are happier for it, and my siblings (who are their parents) are a hundred percent comfortable. Perhaps it is even harder to be transgender, but it is absolutely fine, too. I stick up for those who are what they are.I admire the poetry written by talented Theodore Ashford. What a way with words he has! There is such depth to his writing. I look forward to reading more from this amazing author.

  • By Marco on 3 May 2017

    TransVerse follows the thoughts and feelings of a boy in the body of a girl, as he slowly transforms into the man he always wanted to be, much like the butterfly on the cover. As such, it offers a unique insight into the complex, mostly hidden struggles of a transgender person. The raw, often unpolished verses convey confusion, frustration, loneliness, wonder and, above all, courage, in a spontaneous, intimate manner that speaks directly to the heart.I don’t know much about poetry, but this is the kind of book students should discuss in reading class, for however different we are, we are all just human.

  • By Kilby Blades on 17 April 2017

    I rarely read poetry but was excited to pick this up. I am someone who, in word and in deed, has stood in solidarity with the LGBTQ community for years. But ESPECIALLY because I have not struggled with gender identity, I wanted to know more. I don't think I can call myself an ally to the cause unless I am willing to spend a lot of time listening and understanding, and boy am I glad that I did.There are so many things I loved about this collection of poems, some of which viewed universal experiences (e.g., loneliness, being different, friendship) through the lens of gender struggles. Many among this set could have been read out of context, and admired alone for their raw portrayal of human pain. I loved the one called "One Wing", another called "Uncomfortable" and even one called "The Red Sofa". As a woman of color, who has felt downtrodden and out of place within certain inescapable environments, these resonated.Yet, contrasting this first set was a different group of poems that were highly specific to the trans experience. A poem called "Theodore" talks about trying on different names; one called "Regifting" is a lightly-spoken bittersweet wish that trans people could simply regift body parts they don't want; "Smuggling Pads" gets real about dealing with the logistics of having your period when using mens' bathrooms. All were brilliantly, and cleverly, written.The one thing that worried me was the author's decision to start with a younger person's perspective. It is arranged chronologically (Pre-Transition, Transition, and Post-Transition) and you can really hear the voice and the insights change. As the perspective matures, so does the impact of the poems. Since the poems are markedly less sophisticated, and I worry about readers abandoning the book prematurely without fully understanding that the earlier poems are supposed to be a little less coherent based on the corresponding life stage. With that said, STICK WITH IT if the first few don't speak to you.I can already think of a few people in my life who I plan to gift this to. I would love to see some of these poems in school curriculum as well. Bravo!


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