I first discovered Cam through a video a friend shared with me, and knew immediately that I had to have his book. I wasn't wrong.
Transit made my heart pound and sent shivers across my entire body and all the other cliché reactions to a thing so moving and even now I feel myself tearing up just thinking about it. Lyrically beautiful and profoundly harrowing, every word carries the weight of the struggles of being a queer black person in America today. A modern masterpiece that is not to be missed.
Cameron Awkward Rich's Transit, runner-up for the 2014 Button Poetry Prize, takes the reader on a constantly surprising journey through gender and identity in contemporary America. Awkward-Rich's academic prowess shines throughout, as does his remarkable ability to condense an essay's worth of thought and theory into a few poignant lines. A book to be read anywhere and everywhere: in a classroom, on the subway, under blankets on a cold winter night.