Bread Sex Trees

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You do not need me
to teach you of your wild,
you need only to remember it.
Say your true name
quietly, under your breath.
Tell no one your secret.

Bread Sex Trees is a poetic invocation. A call to the dreamers, the visionaries, the alchemists. To those who live in rhythm with the seasons and the land, those who are healing, and for everyone who is reclaiming their creative power. It offers wisdom, beauty, and a road map to self-love that doesn’t bypass life’s inevitable challenges.


Unapologetically queer and polyamorous, Alix Klingenberg is a poet, earth-centered spiritual director, and a visual artist. She writes on themes of nature, love, loss, sex, spirituality, shadow work, and messed up family systems. Believing strongly in the magic of everyday things, Alix helps people uncover and tap into their wells of innate, mystical creativity.

Written in the year following the death of her in-laws and through the death of her own father with whom she was largely estranged, Bread Sex Trees is a book about the multifaceted nature of love and loss, and the way death and natural seasons shape and give meaning to our lives.

“The sumptuous, sensual poems of Alix Klingenberg will transport you to another realm you never even knew existed inside yourself—a place of self-love, creativity, and unapologetic expression. She shows us over and over a love so bright, it can light up whole cities, ‘not a particle/or a wave, but somehow/both at once.’ Her poetry urges us all to stretch and grow, to become larger than we might have imagined as we ‘try again and again/to be more than one thing,’ for ourselves and each other.” — James Crews, author of Kindness Will Save the World

“Alix’s work feels organic, like soil between your fingers, or the smell of moss. Her writing makes me nostalgic for classic poetry, while still remaining unquestionably contemporary and relevant to modern readers.” — J. Warren Welch

Bread Sex Trees is a book of fingertips and treetops, old scars and pressed flowers, intimacy and magic. There is longing and regret in these pages alongside stubborn hope and acceptance. Klingenberg scouts out the tension between what is beautiful and what is infuriating about our own limitations, crafting meaning and identity along the way. This is a lovely, powerful collection.” — Jarod K. Anderson, author of Field Guide to the Haunted Forest and creator of The CryptoNaturalist