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Body of Diminishing Motion: Poems and a Memoir
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 perso ...more
Paperback, 123 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by CavanKerry Press
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This book is particularly special to me, because Joanie, its author, was a member of one of my nonfiction writing workshops at UConn. With her grey hair, motorized wheelchair, and position as an ad-junct faculty member, she was quite the atypical member of an undergraduate course. Her essays changed the tone of our meetings for the better, and we were all lucky to have her participate in our weekly writing process. After the course ended, I bought her memoir, which awed me with its descriptions ...more
I have read one poem from this book, "Nude," and used it in a workshop I led on writing about sex and sexuality. It's an interesting poem: the speaker tells about her experience watching another woman masturbate in a locker room shower. When I used the piece in a workshop, it was interesting to listen as the women--and the workshop turned out to be all women--picked it apart for the ways in which it unintentionally pornographizes the masturbating woman, making the poem essentially not much diffe ...more