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Isobel O’Hare’s second chapbook, first released in 2016 as part of a box set from Ladybox Books, is a series of linked vignettes on themes of chronic illness, virtual reality, and dissociation from the flesh.

“The Garden Inside Her is a cleansing of the body, an embrace of the violent, wild green inside everyone, a prayer for newness.

This green is O’Hare’s garden, which dis
Kindle Edition, 25 pages
Published May 22nd 2017 by Ladybox Books (first published April 21st 2016)
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Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fragile, beautiful collection of poems about the natural world and the world of the body, linked by the garden of the title – sometimes a place of deep creativity that can conjure women ‘as a pillar of flesh up from / the earth’, and at other times something almost pathological, a disturbing interior greenness that can come ‘spilling from my mouth’.

The epigraph – from, of all things, David Rudkin's brilliant paganalia Penda's Fen – hints at an underlying affinity with some Gardneresque English
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully poignant. All sharp edges smoothed over by greenery. A shame that it’s so short.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing value for what I paid for this book (disclaimer: I received a free copy but am leaving an UNBIASED review). Plenty of words for the price point!
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Isobel O’Hare is a poet and essayist who has dual Irish and American citizenship. They are the author of the chapbooks Wild Materials (Zoo Cake Press, 2015), The Garden Inside Her (Ladybox Books, 2016), and Heartbreak Machinery (forthcoming from dancing girl press in 2019). Their collection of erasures of celebrity sexual assault apologies, all this can be yours, is now available from University o ...more

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