This essay collection grapples with, above all, inherited privileges as an Anglo American: the violence, misogyny, bigotry, and power that entails. Arterian also reckons with her privileges alongside with her partner—a man of color who is subjugated by the same systems from which she directly benefits. The cycles of trauma and crises these two sustain and their impacts on the relationship is a major thrust of the collection. Beyond this, the collection chronicles the daily realities of a longterm relationship and its challenges, the particularities of a remarkable love. An autotheoretical hybrid work, Arterian engages with history, poetry, film, philosophy, and media to further enrich her examination of the topics at hand. The manuscript has been finalist for the Cleveland Poetry Center Essay Collection Prize, the Dzanc Nonfiction Prize, and twice for The National Poetry Series.

An extended excerpt is in the chapbook With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press, 2017).