Amputee's Guide to Sex

Amputee's Guide to Sex

by Jillian Weise
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Soft Skull Press, Inc.
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Amputee's Guide to Sex

Tired of seeing “cripples” portrayed as asexual characters, Jillian Weise created this stunning lesson in desire and disease. The first section presents disability in a historical context, from the first “deaf and dumb” person granted the right to have sex to the surgeon who first cauterized war wounds. The middle section explores the physician as lover, and the final section depicts the rise and fall of a relationship. Characterized by a flesh-and-blood character, Holman, who also represents the larger tensions that arise between the abled and disabled.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933368528
Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date: 12/28/2006
Pages: 84
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Translating the Body     1
The Amputee's Guide to Sex     3
Notes on the Body (1)     4
Below Water     5
Waiting Room     6
Sleep Talk     8
Abscission     9
How the Dumb Were Granted the Right to Have Sex     11
Notes on the Body (2)     13
Nikita's Indian Restaurant     14
During the Reign of the Alter Ego     16
Despite     18
The Old Questions     19
The Scar on Her Neck     20
The Local Human Being     21
Meeting Nona in a Dream     22
Notes on the Body (3)     24
Half-Portrait     25
Portrait of the Author After X-Ray     26
Body as Cloud     27
Nona Come Sit     28
Body as Harbor     29
Notes on the Body (4)     30
Beautiful Freak Show     31
Conviction     32
Us, Like a Bad Mix Tape     33
Help Your Physician Better Understand Your Pain     35
Help Your Physician Better Understand Your Pain     37
There is there that screw     40
The Body in Pain     41
Cur     46
The Surgeon     47
Of Holman     49
Laundry     51
Introductions     53
Holman, Age 10     54
Water, Please     55
The Arrangement     56
Tact     58
Incision     59
Training Wheels     60
Ode to Agent Orange     61
Laura Wingfield, Femme Fatale     62
Holman's Two Feet     63
Erase     64
Subversive     65
I Want You to Know This     66
Call to Ani After Holman (Again) Messes Up     68
The Gift     70
Bust     71
How Young, How Bad     72
Fragments     73
Olympia     74
The Interview     75
Wildebeest     76
Bough     77
Let me be reckless with the word love     78
Epilogue     79
Body as Argument     81
Notes     83

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Jillian Weise is a remarkably gifted poet. Jillian Weise incidentally happens to wear an artificial leg. As her first published collection of poems she elects to utilize both aspects and the result is a series of well-crafted, intensely sensitive poems ostensibly about how people react to amputees at the level of our most vulnerable reaction: sexual attraction. Weise is neither belligerent nor pitiful in her poems that deal with sexual encounters. She has the courage to embrace her physical status and use it as a barometer for examining how the public in general (and male lovers, in particular) responds to people with 'deformities', such as an artificial limb. Her sense of perspective allows her to see the comedy in the moment of 'discovery' of her 'differentness', relating how men react when during initial passion to the feel of plastic instead of flesh. But Wiese wisely presents the feelings as the one missing a limb: her mental state ranges from pain to anger to daring to pride and at each step her poems reach in a few well-chosen words a level of communication that is astonishing fine. Some of the poems in this fascinating collection address the communication barriers between physician and patient in dealing with frank discussions about quality of life status: they are illuminating. She also provides little guides to couples in their preparation for intimate activity, couples where one who has a missing limb and the other is 'whole'. Most people will pick up this little book (hopefully!) because of the titillating title, AN AMPUTEE'S GUIDE TO SEX is a title that conjures all manner of responses - but mostly curiosity. And for a first volume of published poems the title may heighten the sales of the book. But once any reader opens and reads these poems, that reader will discover a powerful new poet whose manner of writing and whose communication skills are as pungent as anyone writing poetry today. Jillian Weise finds her way into our psyche and into our heart and she is a very welcome newcomer in the field of poetry! Grady Harp