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Muster Points


A journey through COVID, small rooms and big cities, hungers and healing, all via the power, pleasure, and pain of queer and trans worldmaking.

In March 2020, Lucas Crawford was quarantined at the Banff Centre for the Arts, coughing like a good fat asthmatic at high altitude, ending a relationship, not knowing when or how he would get home, or where home would be when he got there. What does a writer do, stranded in a dorm room, unsure of the future? Write poems.

Muster Points is a frank discussion of desire, nostalgia, mental illness, and health from a professor with one foot kicking the ivory tower and both feet sloshing in all the sundry fluids of queer sex and depression. These poems bring us on a trans boy’s trips through the shard-sharp ruins of heterosexual marriages, into weird rural masculinities and their fraught survival, into regret and recovery, durability and desire.

This book takes readers to the core of Crawford’s sexual politic, through his front door and to the back of his mind. As Crawford packs his two suitcases and bangs into past selves, tenuous futures, and a global emergency, he tracks his collisions toughly and tenderly, documenting every relic and clue.

Muster Points arouses and provokes, uses visceral language and unequivocal vulnerability to conjure places of retreat and relief amidst emergency. Like the green and yellow signs that bear the book’s title, Muster Points invites readers to congregate in the spaces where Crawford gathers strength. Join him there!

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Format Paperback
Pages 96
Year Published 2023
Category Poetry
Themes Queer & Trans Identities; Mental Health

About the Author

Lucas Crawford is the author of five books, including the award-winning poetry collections Sideshow Concessions and Belated Bris of the Brainsick. His poetry and scholarship focus on relationships between space, aesthetics, bodies, and queer conceptions of health. Lucas has spent most of his life in rural areas of Mi ‘ kma ‘ ki but currently lives on Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton, Alberta. He is Canada Research Chair of Transgender Creativity and Mental Health at the University of Alberta’s Augustana Faculty.

Customer Reviews

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Wonderful book!

I was so excited to purchase another book from Lucas, this collection of poetry is no exception to his amazing talent and previous work, and I received it so quickly and in time for the book launch event!