In this ÂÂÂpowerful debut collection,Â 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 poetâs personal and family histories as mental health patients and practitioners. Ultimately,Â MadnessÂ 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. saxâs 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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