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An outstanding collection of poetry about inventions and inventors, real and imagined, assembled by editor and poet, Bernadette Geyer, author of The Scabbard of Her Throat and a chapbook, What Remains.

"I was awed by the seemingly endless number of ways that poets approached the subject. Naturally, there are poems about real inventions--from clocks to pantyhose to chemother
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Paperback, 130 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Meerkat Press
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Jessica
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I especially enjoyed the poems of Mia Leonin, Holly Karapetkova, and Joel Allegretti.
Jeffrey Hatcher
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great and groundbreaking idea for an anthology! Poems range from biting, scary, just plain sick, and too prophetic to feel comfortable about. Some are very Edward Gory-esque (e.g. Phrenology, How Yard Games are Invented). Some tackle extinction (Invention of the Trees). Others are very current and sharp in applicability (Octet for My Unnameable Killer Apps). "3-D Printed Skin" and "Little Bone Robot Boy" beg the question of how much living tissue, naturally made, is required for the preservati ...more
Jen
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You do not need to be a poetry fan or an expert on the different forms - this anthology contains a variety - to enjoy ((or be horrified by) this collection. From nature (A Fable (from the Journal of Chemical Ecology)) to nurture (Ball Color Changer) the historic -complete with the cruelty of experimentation on animals -(the heartwrenching Edison's Elephant), inventions of the past, present and yet to be developed, although some would do best to stay in the minds of the writers. A fantastic treat ...more
T. Kent
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read an ARC copy of this book and have to say it is an amazing collection about cruel inventions. The poetry is stunning. Poems range from funny to frightening. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys poetry.
Steph
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All of these poems were full of emotion, and many of them consisted of some very dark material. Some made me cringe...not because they were bad but because the subject matter was difficult (especially the Thomas Edison one). Each poem was interesting and gave a new perspective on things that I might not have considered before.
Sarah Tollok
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of poetry that celebrates the symbiosis or art and invention. I was especially fond of the one about barometric pressure. The anthology did not shy away from cruel and dark aspects of inventions as well.
Trigger warning: cruelty to animals by Thomas Edison
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BERNADETTE GEYER is a writer, editor, and translator in Berlin, Germany.

Geyer is the editor of My Cruel Invention: A Contemporary Poetry Anthology (Meerkat Press). She is the author of The Scabbard of Her Throat (The Word Works) and What Remains (Argonne House Press). Her poetry has appeared in 2015 Poet's Market, Birmingham Poetry Review, North American Review, Oxford American, Poet Lore, and els
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