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Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies

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Poetry. Danielle Pafunda's third collection IATROGENIC: THEIR TESTIMONIES is a glittering gloaming sci-fi pregnancy epic. It takes place in half-light and lullaby, blaze and shiver. The poems owe a debt to Margaret Atwood, Matthew Derby, Donna Haraway, Edgar Lee Masters, and Monique Wittig, among others, but this book is an animal unto itself. A collaborative of women quit ...more
Paperback, 62 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by Noemi Press
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Sian Griffiths
The premises walked: cyborgs, pregnancy, the difficulty of being impregnated, miscarriages.

Pafunda uses language to soup the recognizable world. What boils to the top is pure emotion, more raw than my metaphor allows, and more honest and more terrifying than we want the familiar to be. The female body is a thing manipulated here, worked on, implanted. The subject-objects are cognizant through it all, their hurt surfacing all the more powerfully through words that suggest the deeply ingrained sen
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Amy

Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies: if BIOSHOCK (for XBOX) was a little more Emma Goldman, less Big Daddy

Out of all the video games I have ever played and loved, starting from a DUNGEONS & DRAGONS rip-off that I was mesmerized with in fifth grade (hey, I was a latch-key kid in the 80s!) to DOOM, to a-lot-of-DOOM-on-the-ATARI-JAGUAR and the tube shooter NANOTEK WARRIOR* in seriously fun family tournaments (yes, I’m serious) during summers away from college in between my GREENPEACE job (yes, I’m se
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Molly
Once, in the planetarium, they encouraged us to mark / our own constellations. (18)

recurring title: The Renegade Garden

They darned the body pocket. (37)

This book felt like lightning, sparking all over. There was so much that was deeply familiar, and some of her language is in my first full-length ms. too: planetary, tether, axis, metronome, artifact, spun gold.

Electric. Like how I imagine inhaling something terribly naughty might feel.
Kristin
I have never before read poems such as these. Wholly unique: wholly beautiful, terrifying and unique.
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