Become a Name

Laura Goode

Become a Name cuts the plangency of Tennyson’s Ulysses with Penelope’s bold spice: ‘I sunk like loot, / Strewing the salt meniscus with my dross.’ Goode bears her heart here, full as it is of imperfect yearning and jagged music; these are poems of great heat, and they affect as the flame does.

‘A reclamation of the erotic as power that wrests it from the grip of our tired fetishes of eros and of the feminine, Become a Name identifies preparation for motherhood, for womanhood, as preparation for mastery— of joy, of sorrow, of play, of contradiction, of the ribbon on the bomb, of tenderness, of monasticism, of excess, and of feeling right against the neurotic compulsion to defend why in ways that satisfy patriarchy. This collection possesses the fugitive elegance of all well-behaved rebels who know how to breach the pattern from within it, who rename themselves again and again, against the myth of finitude.’

—Harmony Holiday


Cloth. Saddle-stitched, 8x8. Made with recycled or sustainably-sourced paper; made with vegan inks; offset print in a limited edition of 150, of which 150 are hand-numbered and 25 are signed. Hand-bound. Approximately 25 pages pre-publication.

Cover illustration by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo.