In this astonishing second collection by Taneum Bambrick, violence hides in the glint of the carving knife—every intimacy a shadow, every memory a maze to navigate. Set primarily in rural Southern Spain, Intimacies, Received moves through streets and fields, households and years, following a survivor of sexual assault as she painstakingly reassembles a narrative of self. A brilliant storyteller, Bambrick builds through palimpsest—layering vivid imagery to recall embodiment and dissociation, illness and isolation, queer female sexuality amidst acts of misogyny—utilizing varied forms including ekphrasis, persona, and a lyric essay. Ultimately, Intimacies, Received signals agency, as trauma is held to the light and finally named.
|Publisher:||Copper Canyon Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
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On the Nightstand, a Bowl of Fabric Roses
Behind our apartment an old river
and, behind that, a field of hived bees.
From bed, a horse we could watch—freckled gray—
walking the circle permitted by a long leash.
Each morning a farmer came, hammering
the metal stake she was roped to a few feet over.
We were having sex when you asked if we could get married.
Because I waited to say yes, you stopped moving.
Saying I Am a Survivor in Another Language
We are in the moment before we decide,
for the first time, to have sex.
We fill our mouths with salami and wine.
I am careful, peeling wax paper off glazed sponge cake
baked by nuns who live down the street.
One nun, this morning, took my hand in hers
while she told me that the most important ingredient
is the silence of prayer.
I cannot tell you this, but I held on to her
while she walked me through a village
made of thick paper. A train with a real light
and human figurines hot-glued to look
like they were heading somewhere.
I was terrified. I didn’t touch a man for seven years.
Asleep. Your eyelashes open against my chest.
You are the first person to not know this.
Table of Contents
Untitled: 1-4 3
Lovers' Mural 10
Saying I Am a Survivor in Another Language 12
After Picasso's The Rape 13
Willow Street 14
Driving to Cadiz 15
The Cross Festival 17
After Picasso's Head of a Woman 18
The Meat Carver 19
The Puppy at River Genii 21
New Year's Eve 26
Untitled: 5-7 33
On the Nightstand, a Bowl of Fabric Roses 39
After Toyen's Sad Day 40
Cold Week 41
Alligators: An Essay 42
Intimacies, Received 54
Oven Street 58
Untitled: 8-13 61
About the Author 69