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floating bones: a dialogue of belonging


First Matter Press - September 16th, 2023

In this uncertain time of climate change, growing economic disparity, social unrest, and "housing crisis," floating bones concocts an elixir of healing and interconnection by combining the traumas of homelessness, heartbreak, and loneliness with a kaleidoscopic meditation of language, image, sound, and nature.


I was homeless during most of the 1990's. It was a skeletal existence, revolving around the basic needs of obtaining food and a place to sleep. I floated within and observed the world from the empty spaces I found within it. Thirty years later in the spring of 2022, I relocated to the Pacific Northwest. Circumstances went awry, and I ended up un-housed for three months, caught in the current “housing crisis.”


floating bones is the product of this time I spent between homes. It conveys an unseen face of homelessness—that when one is not attached to an inner space, at once everywhere and nowhere is home; that homelessness is a lonely but vast space to inhabit; that the aperture of right-here opens and receives one with nowhere to go; and that even once “safely” housed again, inside spaces seem less solid than they did before, as does one’s sense of place within the human world - a world that is dependent on the Earth as a home we all share, a home that is itself in crisis.

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cover art by Lara Rouse, design by ash good

"floating bones is a migratory almanac, a drifting and lyrical meditation on home and belonging. Built with poems of ineffable sonic awareness and tender, hand-drawn sketches, floating bones follows a narrator who has left one home for another, just to find that the new home is unlivable. Reckoning with this new liminality, they discover ecstatic communion with the burgeoning natural world around them. This everywhere is gulls, foxes and owls; curmudgeonly herons at the shore and seals in the water—all of this life constantly slipping into each other, seeming to skip from realm to realm. Diamond’s awareness of our temporality, our “tempo/rarily animate fragment(s)” of existence, turn this book into a revelation.  In a time of housing crisis, environmental displacement and global uncertainty, Rae Diamond is a profound guide through the unknown future." - Ever Jones, author of nightsong

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