part of portrait of Eli by Riva Lehrer

The Marrow’s Telling: Words in Motion

A Lambda Literary Award finalist in 2008.

The Marrow’s Telling Cover A collection of poetry and prose spanning 15 years, The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion explores how bodies carry history and identity over time. Embracing contradiction and repetition, Clare maps his work around embodied experiences of disability, race, gender transgression and transition, violence, rural life and sexuality.

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The Marrow’s Telling is tactile, tangible, penetrating; a soft swirl of muted colors that sneaks in under your guard and leaves a lingering taste in your mouth, rather like woodsmoke or blood.
–-Raven Kaldera, author of Hermaphrodeities

Eli Clare works a vital alchemy in these poems. Using the language of the elemental world, he delineates a complex human intersection and transmutes cruelty into its opposite—a potent, lifegiving remedy.
--Alison Bechdel, creator of Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For

Eli’s work detonates inside of you, right to the edges where you balance.
-–Amber Hollibaugh, author of MY DANGEROUS DESIRES: A Queer Girl Dreaming Her Way Home

The Marrow’s Telling trembles with CP and desire, rendered in language both passionate and precise. It is an important book, telling a story—in moments—that the world needs to hear.
-–Jim Ferris, author of The Hospital Poems and The Enjambed Body: A Step Toward a Crippled Poetics

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The Marrow's Telling (Part 1)
The Marrow's Telling (Part 2)
The Marrow's Telling (Part 3)
The Marrow's Telling (Part 4)
The Marrow's Telling (Part 5)
The Marrow's Telling (Part 6)
The Marrow's Telling (Part 7)
The Marrow's Telling (Part 8)

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