Charis welcomes poet, performance artist, and disability rights activist, Jillian Weise to celebrate her new book, Cyborg Detective. Her first book of poetry, The Amputee's Guide to Sex, was recently reissued in a 10th anniversary edition with a new preface. Her second book of poetry, The Book of Goodbyes, won the 2013 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and the 2013 Isabella Gardner Award from BOA Editions. Cyborg Detective is her third poetry collection. She also wrote a speculative novel, The Colony, which features Charles Darwin and Peter Singer as characters. Weise identifies as a cyborg, and her essays on cyborg identity and disability rights have appeared in The New York Times, Granta, and elsewhere. She hosts a series of satirical videos highlighting literary ableism under the persona Tispy Tullivan.
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Jillian Weise delivers a reckoning to the ableism of the Western Canon in Cyborg Detective, her third collection of poems. From calling out William Carlos Williams's medical model that "poetry heals" to biohacking Raymond Carver's "Cathedral" from the perspective of the narrator's wife, Weise leaves no metaphor for "blind moon" or "deaf skies" unchallenged.
A Los Angeles Review Best Book of the Year"Readers who can handle the hair-raising experience of Jillian Weise's gutsy poetry debut . . . will be rewarded with an elegant examination of intimacy and disability and a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden." --Los Angeles Times
Anne Hatley is a sharp-witted and acerbic young teacher from the South, in need of a reprieve from the drudgery of work and an increasingly tedious relationship. She accepts an invitation to the nation's largest research colony, where scientists--DNA pioneer James D.
WINNER OF THE 2013 JAMES LAUGHLIN AWARD
Winner of the 2013 Isabella Gardner Poetry Award
A Publishers Weekly "Best Book of 2013"
A NPR "Best Book of 2013"
A Coldfront Magazine "Top 40 Poetry Book" for 2013