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Body of Diminishing Motion
Poems and a Memoir
Joan Sidney; Bruce R. Ransom, intro.; Robert Cording, fwd.

2005 • 123 pp. 6 x 9 1/2"

$14.00 Paperback, 978-0-9723045-2-8

This collection of poems and memoir is the second title from Laurel Books, CavanKerry’s Literature of Illness imprint which features poetry and prose that explores the many poignant issues associated with confronting serious physical and/or psychological illness. Sidney speaks to the author’s experiences living with multiple sclerosis for four decades, as well as her personal legacy as the daughter of a strong-willed Holocaust survivor. Body of Diminishing Motion will speak to anyone who has been touched by illness and refused to succumb to its power.

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“She does literature's old work: to introduce us, intimately and warmly, to how it feels to live in a particular skin, in a specific set of circumstances. Her poems and prose both struggle against that skin and situation and seek ways to celebrate them. ‘What would it be like,’ she asks, ‘to love the life we live?’” —Mark Doty

From the Book:

My closet: tangled hand-me-down
skirts on hangers, sweaters
scrunched on shelves. This one,
too small, dotted with outrageous
octagonal buttons, a sweater
my mother at eighteen wore in Poland,
Too good to give away, Mom repeats
each time I start to sort.

From “Castoffs”

Joan Seliger Sidney is writer-in-residence at the University of Connecticut's Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, and Lecturer in the Department of English. She also facilitates "Writing for Your Life," an adult writing workshop. Her dream-come-true job was teaching creative writing at the Université de Grenoble, France.

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