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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A century ago, people went to freak shows to gawk at human oddities, to marvel at lives lived only in average nightmares. Most would imagine horrors of invaded privacy and what it would be like to be ... Read full review

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Translating the Body
Help Your Physician Better Understand Your Pain
Of Holman
About the Author
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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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