Glass Armonica

Poems
Product Number: EB00646370
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781571319135
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
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Description

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.

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Author(s): Rebecca Dunham
Genre: Poetry
Original Publish Date: Nov 18, 2013

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