"These poems explore the haunted legacy of the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, an medical institution at the heart of the eugenics movement in the first half of the twentieth century in America. The author, who has cerebral palsy, grew up in the shadow of the former Colony in southwestern Virginia, aware that, had she been born fifty years earlier, she would quite possibly been admitted there, and exposed to a variety of inhumane treatments, including forced sterilization. Her poems give voice to the Colony's chorus of residents, reclaiming for them elements of their humanity" —
In a provocative collection of poems, the biblical figure of Mary Magdalene is imagined as a woman who embodies the spiritual and sensual, alive in the modern world where she searches for meaning and yearns for the guidance of her spiritual teacher, a Christ figure, whose death she continues to grieve.
The poems in A Sunday in Purgatory combine memoir, reflections on aging, sexuality, and wrestling with the tension that exists between being part of a famous American family and wanting to be an individual, separate from family history.
A Collection of Twenty-two Chapbooks Whose Order Is Unfixed and Whose Topics Are Various: Reading Can Be Freefall
A collection of twenty-two chapbooks on a variety of topics, that can be read in any order, explores what makes people, memories, and stories.
Solmaz Sharif's debut book of poems examines the ongoing costs of war, lifting sterile words and phrases from the Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms.