Author(s): Sam Sax
Series: National Poetry
Original Publish Date: Sep 12, 2017
Product Number: EB00699582
Released: Sep 12, 2017
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781524705572
Publisher: Penguin Books
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An "astounding" (Terrance Hayes) debut collection of poems – Winner of the National Poetry Series Competition In this powerful debut collection, sam sax explores and explodes the linkages between desire, addiction, and the history of mental health. These brave, formally dexterous poems examine antiquated diagnoses and procedures from hysteria to lobotomy; offer meditations on risky sex; and take up the poet's personal and family histories as mental health patients and practitioners. Ultimately, Madness attempts to build a queer lineage out of inherited language and cultural artifacts; these poems trouble the static categories of sanity, heterosexuality, masculinity, normality, and health. sax's innovative collection embodies the strange and disjunctive workings of the mind as it grapples to make sense of the world around it.