An "astounding" (Terrance Hayes) debut collection of poems - Winner of the 2016 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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MadnessUser Review - Publishers Weekly
“You either love the world/ or you live in it,” proclaims Sax in a line that works as a refrain emblematic of this vivacious debut. It’s a quick-moving, wide-ranging collection, with Sax tackling ... Read full review
MadnessUser Review - Book Verdict
In this beautifully concentrated howl of a book, a startling debut, queer Jewish writer and educator Sax explores mental illness, addiction, and the unshakable grip of sexual desire. He's clearly one ... Read full review