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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Amy Gerstler has won acclaim for complex yet accessible poetry that is by turns extravagant, subversive, surreal, and playful. In her new collection, Medicine, she deploys a variety of dramatic voices, spoken by such disparate characters as Cinderella's wicked sisters, the wife of a nineteenth-century naturalist, a homicide detective, and a woman who is happily married to ...more
ebook, 96 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Penguin Books
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Allison
There's a poem in here in which a woman puts earrings on a deer. I get such a kick out of that.
Donald Armfield
If you have not read any of Amy Gerstler's work you are missing out. She is in my top 5 poets. Here is a couple of lines from this collection Medicine.

"Limbs and torso distract from the face, which I need to keep in plain sight. I'd hope to honor your body as a whole, but it keeps coming apart and rushing at me." -Lovesickness: a radio play

"I've drunk the birdbath water and licked a leather bible cooked in oil. I've crushed hogs' teeth into tea. I've rinsed my hair in a tin basin a genius has sp
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Josh
Liked it! Not entirely my cup of tea, but there was art here. Less poems as a whole worked for me here than in some other poetry I've read, but there were more great lines and sentences than you can shake a stick at.
Nicco Mele
I love the opening poem, "Prayer for Jackson", and I also love the poem, "Bear Boy of Lithuania". The second half of the book is a strange drama of sorts that I don't care for.
Maughn Gregory
Her poems are a captivating blend of profundity and "Word Salad."
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“Love doesn't reside in the heart, anyway. Love resides in the liver along with jaundice.” 4 likes
“Thin ribbons of fear snake bluely through you like a system of rivers. We need a cloudburst or soothing landscape fast, to still this panic. Maybe a field of dracaena, or a vast stand of sugar pines—generous, gum-yielding trees—to fill our minds with vegetable wonder and keep dread at bay.” 2 likes
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