PoemseBook - 2013
The eighteenth-century glass armonica, a musical instrument whose sound emits from rotating water-filled vessels, has long held the power to mesmerize with its hauntingly sorrowful tones. Just as its song-which was once thought to induce insanity-wraps itself in and around the mind, Rebecca Dunham probes the depths of human psyche, inhabiting the voices of historical female 'hysterics' and inciting in readers a tranquil unease. These are poems spoken through and for the melancholic, the hysteric, the body dysmorphic-from Mary Glover to Lavinia Dickinson to Freud's famed patient Dora. And like expert hands placed gently on the armonica's rotating disks, Dunham offers unsettling depictions of uninvited human contact-of hands laid upon the female body, of touch at times unwanted, and ultimately unspeakable from behind the hysteric's 'locked jaws. ' Winner of the 2013 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, Dunham's stunning third collection is 'lush yet septic' (G. C. Waldrep), at once beautiful and unnerving.
Publisher: [United States] : Milkweed Editions : Made available through hoopla, 2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource