By Michael Collier
An person History describes the fears, anger, and guilt—personal, familial, societal, political, and historical—that contain a lifestyles. The determine of the speaker’s maternal grandmother who used to be institutionalized for 5 a long time serves as an overriding metaphor for this haunting, daring new paintings by way of a necessary American poet.
from “An person History”
This was once prior to the time of lithium and Zoloft
before temper stabilizers and anxiolytics
and just about all the psychotropic medicines, yet now not before
which the suicide O’Laughlin known as “handcuffs for the
It was once earlier than, in the course of, and after the time of atomic
Auschwitz, the Nakba, DDT, and also you may well take water
find solace in quarantines, perform shunnings,
or stand at Lourdes one of the canes and crutches.
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