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Madness (National Poetry Series)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication date September 12, 2017
Pages 96
Binding Paperback
ISBN-13 9780143131700
ISBN-10 0143131702
Dimensions 0.27 by 5.45 by 8.40 in.
Original list price $18.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: An “astounding” (Terrance Hayes) debut collection of poems – Winner of the National Poetry Series Competition

In this ­­­powerful debut collection, sam sax explores and explodes the linkages between desire, addiction, and the history of mental health. These brave, formally dexterous poems examine antiquated diagnoses and procedures from hysteria to lobotomy; offer meditations on risky sex; and take up the poet’s personal and family histories as mental health patients and practitioners. Ultimately, Madness attempts to build a queer lineage out of inherited language and cultural artifacts; these poems trouble the static categories of sanity, heterosexuality, masculinity, normality, and health. sax’s innovative collection embodies the strange and disjunctive workings of the mind as it grapples to make sense of the world around it.

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