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Dawn Lundy Martin; Fanny Howe, fwd.

2011 • 80 pp. 1 illus. 6 x 9"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-9844598-4-1

A haunting poetic account of the ravages of regimes on language and the body

This stunning second collection engages the “disciplines” associated with regimes of powers and sadomasochism. The work interrogates the social and linguistic space between regimes of power enacted on the body, and thereby the soul.

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“These poems are dense and deep. They are necessary, and hot on the eye. I was reminded of Leslie Scalapino, the sensitivity to the surrounding arrangements and to human suffering. There is no distance from Martin’s subject, but immersion and emotional conflict. Discipline is what it took to write such a potent set of poems.”—Fanny Howe

From the Book:

Not so much a name, but the result of a name. As a metaphor for the eyes’ inward, turning. It might say what the thing is, or it might not know. So then. Heritage as fantasy. That the seer looks toward a past—markers of it—in food and location, in wrecked bodies, flesh strung, etc. A want toward warmth. Highways of sun through windows. Where it might not reach. So when I imagine the father as a boy—he said, in fields, a child. And here the hand holds an infant (his?) and jumps from a very tall building, or threatens to jump, in the name of something believed.

DAWN LUNDY MARTIN was awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for her first poetry collection, A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering. A founding member of the Black Took Collective, a group of experimental black poets, she is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

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