Wound from the Mouth of a Wound

Wound from the Mouth of a Wound

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, 2021, poetry, a-adult, poetry, queer-trans, Poetry, GLBT, LGBT

A versatile missive written from the intersections of gender, disability, trauma, and survival. "Some girls are not made," torrin a. greathouse writes, "but spring from the dirt." Guided by a devastatingly precise hand, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound--selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil as the winner of the 2020 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry--challenges a canon that decides what shades of beauty deserve to live in a poem. greathouse celebrates "buckteeth & ulcer." She odes the pulp of a bedsore. She argues that the vestigial is not devoid of meaning, and in kinetic and vigorous language, she honors bodies the world too often wants dead.

These poems ache, but they do not surrender. They bleed, but they spit the blood in our eyes. Their imagery pulses on the page, fractal and fluid, blooming in a medley of forms: broken essays, haibun born of erasure, a sonnet meant to be read in the mirror. greathouse's poetry demands more of language and those who wield it. "I'm still learning not to let a stranger speak / me into a funeral."

Concrete and evocative, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound is a testament to persistence, even when the body is not allowed to thrive. greathouse--elegant, vicious, "a one-girl armageddon" draped in crushed velvet--teaches us that fragility is not synonymous with flaw.

Title:Wound from the Mouth of a Wound
ISBN:9781571315274
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    Wound from the Mouth of a Wound Reviews

  • Sruthi Narayanan

    Absolutely incredible. Every poem in this collection is razor-precise and, per the review, “demands more of language and those who wield it” in a way that’s utterly electrifying and left me SWEA...

  • Melissa Reddish

    Easily my favorite book read in 2020....

  • Naro

    Painful and powerful — their words echo. They hurt and they haunt. There was so much violence, real and raw, tempered at times with tenderness, but otherwise, uncensored. Reading through each piece,...

  • Courtney LeBlanc

    torrin a. greathouse's debut collection of poetry doesn't shy away from the hard topics, facing issues of gender, shame, disability, survival, illness and acceptance head-on. Her poems are both brutal...

  • Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from EdelweissAm I the serpent-headed girl? Or her endlessreflection? Or the winged mare burstforth from her blood? Child of slaughter.Wound from the mouth of a wou...

  • Amie Whittemore

    Such a heartbreaking and brave collection examining the trauma of growing up transgender, of trying to reconcile one's sexuality and gender with one's family, the many divisions and frictions that ari...

  • Jessica

    "Do not make me tell this story without a forked tongue."Loved the formal playfulness. So many new favorite poems. Though this may still be my favorite: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poet......

  • emmy

    This book is featured in a blog post at https://booksbeyondbinaries.blog/2020......