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Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People)

Rachel Zucker

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Commonplace: Conversations with Poets (and Other People)
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Rachel Zucker speaks with Darcey Steinke about her recent genre-fluid memoir, Flash Count Diary: Menopause and the Vindication of the Natural Life. Steinke describes her first hot flash, how she came to be fascinated by female killer whales and how important it is to see the changes associated with menopause not as symptoms of disease but as signs of transitioning into a new phase of leadership and power. Steinke talks about how memoirs by trans writers were especially helpful for her when searching for a book to help her through this life transition. Steinke talks about how she began to think of herself as a creature/animal, back surgery, stuttering, faith, going toward brokenness rather than perfection, her mother, her spiritual practices, singing, the authentic self, and why she doesn’t think trying to stay the same is a very good strategy.