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The resurrection trade : poems
Miller, Leslie Adrienne.
Adult Nonfiction PS3563.I4136 R47 2007

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Summary: Poet Leslie Adrienne Miller's brilliant and provocative exploration of anatomical texts and historical assumptions about the body Whoever they were, they're still with us, posing demurely in suits of blood and muscle, the bruised shadows of what skin they do have . . . --from "Gautier d'Agoty's Écorchés" "The resurrection trade," the business of trafficking in corpses, is an old trade, one that makes possible the art of anatomy and, as poet Leslie Adrienne Miller discovers, the art of her own book. Miller delves into the mysteries of early anatomical studies and medical illustrations and finds there stories of women's lives--sometimes tragic, sometimes comic--as exposed as the drawings themselves. These meticulously researched and rendered poems become powerful testimonies to women's bodies objectified and misunderstood throughout history. Miller's sensuous and harrowing fifth collection brings a new truth to what she calls "the strange collusion of imaginary science and real art."

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