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Cadaver, Speak

Cadaver, Speak

by Marianne Boruch


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Honored by Library Journal as an "Amazing Poetry Title"

“Extraordinary how in a single poem from 2013 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Boruch slides 1800s London barber-surgeons and the dissection of murderers only (condemned to hell anyway) to the observation, ‘Future or past, it’s all we ever think about.’ The first part of this sharp, surprising book captures our inescapable but slippery physicality in the world, the second the breakdown of the cadaver of a 99-year-old woman—told from her perspective, rather jauntily.”—Library Journal

“Boruch displays a quietly gymnastic intellect in the examinations of art, the body, and the human condition."—American Poets

"Marianne Boruch's work has the wonderful, commanding power of true attention: she sees and considers with intensity."—The Washington Post

"Some books begin as a dare to the self," notes poet Marianne Boruch. Inspired by life-study drawing classes and direct work in a cadaver lab, Boruch's latest book looks at what the body holds, and examines living through bodies deceased.

Marianne Boruch is the author of seven collections of poetry including The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon Press), two volumes of essays, and a memoir. In 2013 she won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. She lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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ISBN-13: 9781556594656
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Marianne Boruch was born in Chicago in 1950. She is the author of seven collections of poetry including The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), two volumes of essays on poetry, and a memoir. After receiving her MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, she founded the MFA program at Purdue University in 1987. In addition to teaching at Purdue University, she also teaches at the low-residency MFA program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. Her recent awards include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award (2013), and a Fulbright/Visiting professorship at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Marianne lives with in husband in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Table of Contents

First 3


Face 7

Pencil 9

Old Paintings 10

Reason 12

At the Forum 14

The Small Hours 16

Skinny Fat 18

It Could Be 19

Portrait 20

Little Wife 22

Bolus 23

The Pope under Glass 25

Tears in Reverse 27

Turn 29

Thread 30

Rom, du bist eine Welt 32

A Vision 33

My Ears Aren't Right 35

At the Keats House, Rome 36

Practice Saying 39

Human Atlas 43

How Hair Is 44

Like unto Like 45

Knowledge 47

The Souls of the Dead 49

Read the Gesture 51

Mind and Body 53

Hands 55


Cadaver, Speak 59

Acknowledgments 99

About the Author 101

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