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The polite transphobia from adult women is no longer keeping you hostage as you sob an earthquake in your ex-boyfriend's car. Grit is a transgender coming of age story. There are no beautiful rainbows here, no whispers, but raw cries from somewhere primal. "Silas' words dart in and out like a scalpel revealing layers of flesh that have been given-or-taken-by lovers, parents The polite transphobia from adult women is no longer keeping you hostage as you sob an earthquake in your ex-boyfriend's car. Grit is a transgender coming of age story. There are no beautiful rainbows here, no whispers, but raw cries from somewhere primal. "Silas' words dart in and out like a scalpel revealing layers of flesh that have been given-or-taken-by lovers, parents, cruelty, and fate." - Sean Felix


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The polite transphobia from adult women is no longer keeping you hostage as you sob an earthquake in your ex-boyfriend's car. Grit is a transgender coming of age story. There are no beautiful rainbows here, no whispers, but raw cries from somewhere primal. "Silas' words dart in and out like a scalpel revealing layers of flesh that have been given-or-taken-by lovers, parents The polite transphobia from adult women is no longer keeping you hostage as you sob an earthquake in your ex-boyfriend's car. Grit is a transgender coming of age story. There are no beautiful rainbows here, no whispers, but raw cries from somewhere primal. "Silas' words dart in and out like a scalpel revealing layers of flesh that have been given-or-taken-by lovers, parents, cruelty, and fate." - Sean Felix

36 review for GRIT: a poetry collection

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rat

    "a cowboy is all the men you were afraid of when you were little because you knew you wanted to grow up to be like them & you knew kids like you weren't supposed to want to grow up to be cowboys." Grit is melvin's love letter to the trans masc experience, of its forging. with all the scrapes and bloodied knees that come along with any good romance. "a cowboy is all the men you were afraid of when you were little because you knew you wanted to grow up to be like them & you knew kids like you weren't supposed to want to grow up to be cowboys." Grit is melvin's love letter to the trans masc experience, of its forging. with all the scrapes and bloodied knees that come along with any good romance.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Cosgrove

    True to its title, this collection gets under your nails and in your boots; it sticks with you. Silas is raw and poignant with his words and I can't wait to see what else comes from him in the future. True to its title, this collection gets under your nails and in your boots; it sticks with you. Silas is raw and poignant with his words and I can't wait to see what else comes from him in the future.

  3. 4 out of 5

    millie

    this was really good, i look forward to rereading in the future and any more work from silas. this was excellent. faves: A Valentines Day Spent Home, Alone and Twenty (the line "you have outgrown your gender and your jeans" hit me like a truck) this was really good, i look forward to rereading in the future and any more work from silas. this was excellent. faves: A Valentines Day Spent Home, Alone and Twenty (the line "you have outgrown your gender and your jeans" hit me like a truck)

  4. 4 out of 5

    sj

    a collection that has to be devoured. brutal & honest. obsessed. it will now become a bedside book :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    saru

    incredible. amazing. gonna buy the physical copy as soon as i can. these poems have brought me solace in two very cold lonely nights. and they have definitely shaken me to my core. kudos to silas denver melvin for creating with such honesty. my three favourite poems in no particular order: hey cowboy, pissing contest (or an interrogation on behalf of a lover who is no longer mine) and in response to 'when you have children'. incredible. amazing. gonna buy the physical copy as soon as i can. these poems have brought me solace in two very cold lonely nights. and they have definitely shaken me to my core. kudos to silas denver melvin for creating with such honesty. my three favourite poems in no particular order: hey cowboy, pissing contest (or an interrogation on behalf of a lover who is no longer mine) and in response to 'when you have children'.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elliot

    Content warning: (view spoiler)[transphobia, suicide, death, guns, car accident, slurs, satanism, blood, sex, animal abuse, depression, murder, dysphoria, self harm (hide spoiler)] This book really fulfilled my craving going in, delivering Silas’ work in its prime with his trademark screaming brutal honestly and humanity. He delivers the most intimate, vulnerable, and raw moments, so perfectly arranged- shocking yet artisanal. His work always has such a guttural emotional feeing to me, and it’s n Content warning: (view spoiler)[transphobia, suicide, death, guns, car accident, slurs, satanism, blood, sex, animal abuse, depression, murder, dysphoria, self harm (hide spoiler)] This book really fulfilled my craving going in, delivering Silas’ work in its prime with his trademark screaming brutal honestly and humanity. He delivers the most intimate, vulnerable, and raw moments, so perfectly arranged- shocking yet artisanal. His work always has such a guttural emotional feeing to me, and it’s not lost in the length, in fact, the compilation really helps his capabilities shine. The moments of sunshine amongst the laments of loss, regret, fear, and alienation feel extraordinary. There was nothing not to love here, for a debut book, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality, formatting, and editing, it was amazingly polished making a great addition to any collection. GRIT walks you through the realization of gender, understanding your place in the world, the magnitude or irrelevance of situations, and the powerful turbulence of emotions. It’s a coming of age story packaged so uniquely in these poems, different but alike, they truly do all belong together. From the genderlessness of childhood, to fearfully using a men’s restroom in the shaky comforts of your dysphoria hoodie, you see such detailed snapshots of trans life. Montage and it’s descriptions of the difficult feelings of removing clothes as a trans person, Hey Cowboy made me cry with its accuracy of perceiving masculinity and longing for it, When did You know You were Trans? and The Stubborn And Artless Act were both fantastic too. I’ve described his work this way, but I need to restate it here: it’s like a heavy cry, overwhelmingly emotional, but cathartic. Summary: Readability: ★★★★★, I’m a stickler for putting it straightforward if a book will be hard to read because of the content, but I’m really happy to report I have no complaints or concerns here. Silas covers plenty of dark and difficult topics, but the merely brief and artistic glimpses his poetry provides, it shouldn’t put strain on the reader. Entertainment: ★★★★★, Needless to emphasize- I’m head over heels with this. It’s a quick and impactful read that has immense reread value. His descriptive imagery, amazing scene building, and his fascinating messages really leave you thinking. I came out from reading like leaving a theater after a great movie, still buzzing with awe. Audience: I feel like this is deeply valuable for trans and cis audiences alike because of how real it is. I felt so seen reading this from such detailed and impactful representations of being trans, I can even relate to not being able to come out to my grandfather before he died! Cis allies wanting to see a transmasculine experience or read trans poetry, here’s an amazing example. (Go check out his poetry on instagram too, trust me)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jill

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    Leah

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    Simon

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    james ⊂((・x・))⊃

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    Meg

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    Lena

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    Tali

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    Rudy

  15. 5 out of 5

    E.B.

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    Len

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    Rio

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    Max

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    Megan Balents

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    Caitlin Conlon

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    Tani

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    Lauren Poole

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    August

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    maz

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    Björn

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    Mika

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    alexander

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    Cat

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    Gray

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    Dana Azizian

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    Ava

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    Ethan Shaheen

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    Michaela Brant

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    Colin H

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    Gray Z.

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    Harley Dean

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