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Touch To Affliction

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Touch to Affliction is a text of ruins: ruins of genre, of language, of the city, of the body, of the barbarism of the twentieth century. At once lament, accusation and elegy, this work articulates the crumbling of buildings, the evisceration of language, the inhumanity that arises from patrie.

Acclaimed poet Nathalie Stephens walks among these ruins, calling out to those b
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Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 30th 2002 by Coach House Books
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Joe
Feb 17, 2008 Joe rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
More of a book long sequence than a collection of poems. While things are broken up by titles here and there, each longer piece is in dialogue with the others, sharing the same prose-y form and similar sets of images/concerns (What is a city? What is language? etc.)

There are some blistering, intriguing passages:

City is stone, yes, but it is stone that is worn. It is skin that falls away from bone. It is the thing we go toward. It is the thing and that is all. We haven't a name for it. It is that
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