The Amputee's Guide to Sex

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Soft Skull Press, Feb 22, 2007 - Poetry - 84 pages
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Tired of seeing “cripples” portrayed as asexual characters, Jillian Weise created this stunning lesson in desire and disease. The first section presents disability in a historical context, from the first “deaf and dumb” person granted the right to have sex to the surgeon who first cauterized war wounds. The middle section explores the physician as lover, and the final section depicts the rise and fall of a relationship. Characterized by a flesh-and-blood character, Holman, who also represents the larger tensions that arise between the abled and disabled.
  

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User Review  - whitewavedarling - LibraryThing

I admit that I'm generally skittish of poetry collections that have a clear over-arching idea to guide the full work, while still not being a narrative--too often, they're contrived and tiresome by ... Read full review

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User Review  - AJ Nogueira - Goodreads

Amazing content, mediocre form. Best pieces: Help Your Physician Better Understand Your Pain, The Body in Pain - probably the best piece in the book, a must read Read full review

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Contents

Translating the Body
2
Help Your Physician Better Understand Your Pain
36
Of Holman
50
Epilogue
79
Notes
82
About the Author
87
Back Cover
88
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About the author (2007)

Jillian Weise's poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Chelsea, Tin House and others. Her chapbook, Translating the Body, was released by All Nations Press in January 2006. Individual poems have been honored by the Academy of American Poets, the Emily Dickinson Prize Anthology, Pushcart Nominations and Verse Daily. The Center for Book Arts published a broadside of �Portrait of the Author After X-Ray�. Weise studied at Florida State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she was the Fred Chappell Fellow. After working at The Paris Review as an Editorial Assistant, she was the Alan Dugan Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, which she completed in May 2006. She is now a Fellow at the University of Cinncinati.

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