A Brilliant Loss

A Brilliant Loss

by Eloise Klein Healy
A Brilliant Loss

A Brilliant Loss

by Eloise Klein Healy


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Eloise Klein Healy’s A Brilliant Loss is a poetic journey into the loss of language and the reclaiming of it. Healy had Wernicke’s aphasia in 2013 when she was the first poet laureate of the City of Los Angeles, and the virus hit her the night of her reading with Caroline Kennedy at the Central Library. Also called fluent aphasia, Wernicke’s aphasia affects language and the use of words. Healy’s collection shows that her brain has access to its deepest unconscious, and that place is poetry. Her deepest language is poetry. It’s as if a dancer was denied the ability to walk or run, and could only dance. Healy writes of losing her words and finding big love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781636280615
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication date: 10/18/2022
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Eloise Klein Healy, the author of nine books of poetry and three chapbooks, was named the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles in 2012. She was the founding chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch UniversityLos Angeles, where she is Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State UniversityNorthridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is the founding editor of Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian authors. A Wild Surmise: New & Selected Poems & Recordings was published in 2013 and Another Phase in 2018.

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