Excessive Love Prostheses

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Coach House Books, 2002 - Poetry - 101 pages
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The heart, writes Margaret Christakos, is 'a public organ of private damage.' The poems in Excessive Love Prostheses confess, rather than deride, the complexities of contemporary desire, describing a subject that is both public and private, physical and virtual.

Excessive Love Prostheses takes the confessional lyric poem and runs it through Kathy Acker's Cuisinart. Christakos shapes a sensory surfeitry of pornography, cautionary nursery rhymes, mothering, bisexuality and the paradoxes of feminism into poignant analogies for contemporary obsessions and ailments; here are the voices of construction workers, staple sorters, obstetricians, video technicians and others, shattered and sorted by a practiced writerly hand. The result is a near-ecstatic tribute to the hyper-embodied intelligence of a new millennial subject.


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About the author (2002)

Margaret Christakos is the author of Other Words for Grace (Mercury) and Not Egypt (Coach House Books). Her writing has appeared in journals across Canada, including Poetry Canada, Prism, Tessera, Room of One's Own, West Coast Line, Rubicon, and Open Letter. She has served on the editorial boards of FUSE, Fireweed, and Women's Education des femmes. Based in Toronto, she was born in Sudbury, Ontario.

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