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Through a compilation of poems and prose about identity and change, corporal asks what it truly means to be home.
Through a compilation of poems and prose about identity and change, corporal asks what it truly means to be home.
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What does home mean to you? 

Is it where you grew up, or where you live now? Is it where your family is, or where most of your friends are? Is it permanent, or constantly changing? What does home feel like?

These are questions I've asked myself countless times; questions I've never been able to fully answer; questions I've always been curious if others thought about. I've been documenting how to answer these questions over the 20 years since I moved to the United States. That's what I'm sharing with you today.

ˈkôrp(ə)rəl/ – adjective: of or relating to the body.
ˈkôrp(ə)rəl/ – adjective: of or relating to the body.

is a compilation about identity, desire, family, and change. Through four separate life stages, it explores the meaning of home for a queer immigrant—two things that signify change—and poses that one's only constant is the body, a home we have all our lives.

Through poems and prose, corporal is a journey through time, across cultures, and between identities. 

Why am I writing this?

My life has always been about change. It started when I moved to the U.S. from France when I was five years old. It continued when my family moved to four different houses inside the town I grew up in; when I transferred somewhere new in the middle of high school; when I went back to France every summer to visit my family; when I came out my sophomore year of college; and when I moved to New York City.

Despite all this—or perhaps, as a result of it—I've turned into a creature of habit. I like familiarity and patterns that ground me, since my feeling of home has never been constant. Is my home here in America, where I've built most of my life, or is my home in France, where my roots are, where all my family is?

It took me years to answer these questions. I wrote answers down on pieces of paper, in iPhone notes, Word documents, and journal pages, in the form of short lines, a single word, stanzas, or poems all at once. That's what corporal is—my journey to finding an answer to what the word "home" means for me.

A poem from the book.
A poem from the book.

I  know that as immigrants, as queer people, we all have stories to tell. I am so in love with these stories, because while they're completely unique, they all share something in common. And I'm hoping that my story will inspire you to tell yours.

The book  

• 24 pages.

• 17 poems and an introduction. 

• Approximately 5.5 x 8.5 inches.

• Paperback, coated matte white cover and pages, saddle stitched.

• Published by Homie House Press. An incredible crew of femme photographers / book makers / educators bringing beautiful books to life.

Who am I?

It's me!
It's me!

Hi! I'm Théo. I live and work in Brooklyn, where I help projects come to life at Vann Alexandra and work with incredibly cool clients at DalyPR. When I'm not doing that, you can find me eating a slice of pizza, hanging out in Prospect Park, or doing some writing—sometimes, all three at once.

My poems have been previously published as a part of University of Michigan's Café Shapiro Anthology. corporal will be my first independent, published compilation—with your help!

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Why Kickstarter?

I've helped over 50 campaigns come to life here on Kickstarter through my work as a Senior Project Manager at Vann Alexandra. I'm so thrilled to be a part of the crowdfunding community, where I get to help creators fulfill their dreams and get their projects off the ground. So, I got inspired and wanted to run a project for myself!

On top of that, I've been dreaming about publishing my own book for years, so I slowly started compiling and editing the work for it, and finally made moves to get published. I thought the communal nature of a crowdfunding campaign would be the perfect place to share my story at a time when I believe we need these stories most. I can't do this project without your help, so I hope you'll consider supporting it!

Thank you

There are many people I wouldn't have been able to do this without!

Adriana Monsalve, Homie House Press

Sundai Johnson, suhnde

Alex Daly, DalyPR 

Hamish Smyth + Nick Stover, Order

Jeremy Mickel, MCKL

Noel Anderson + Benjamin Lindsay, photography and editing.

My parents, Fabienne and Jean-Yves, who brought along my sister and me at just five years old for the wildest adventure of our lives, and shaped me into who I am today.

You! Thanks for visiting my page, and helping make this a reality. 

Risks and challenges

All the content for the book is completed, and I'm just finishing the design and publishing details—so that challenge is pretty set! Of course, there could always be snags in the printing process, so I'm giving myself extra time to be able to deliver these books to you. In case anything along the timeline should change, you'll be the first to know!

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