Gwendalynn Roebke starts a bruxist manifesto with “we”, and that tells us that we are welcomed, we belong. It also tells us that if you ain’t tryna make things better, you can’t escape this mess that the rest of us are in. I feel powerful reading this book, because Gwendalynn gives language to the impossible, which makes me feel ready, finna roar at all y’all. They remind us that “pressure, is, e v e r y t h i n g” while showing various pressures from the body to cultures, and applying their own pressure to counteract. Roebke gives us tools to stay alive, and thrive.
Steven Dunn, author of ‘Potted Meat’ and water and ‘power’
Gwendalynn is Black/multiracial, gender non conforming, they/them just doing their best to exist. They write and perform poems and have their first full length collection "A Bruxist Manifesto" being published by Really Serious Literature this year. Are they a poet? Debatable. Really they just want to write interesting things and design their own tattoos.