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Saint Erasure by Donna de la Perriere
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Sep 08, 11

bookshelves: poetry
Read in September, 2011

Saint Erasure enacts a post-Cartesian mystery play where the body gets to dream of something other than mind from which to be divided. New body, real body, visible body, even glass-buttocked bodies (it’s a Dutch thing) all present themselves as alternatives to “the dank wreckage” of those massy concretions of cells the doctors poke, or lock up in Salpetrieres when its subjects (mostly women) resist their definitions. The poems work out from the perspective of those recalcitrant breathers, building an image world of wings, air, shadow, breath, wind, light, and flight to counter, or at least complicate, the “caged and trampled” material forms we can measure, pathologize, and contain: “... something other than hands/ and the air around/things is what is real.”
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