Pelletiere’s poems convey a visceral sense of the poet’s harrowing recovery from brain injury after a car – truck accident that altered her experience of both body and language.
About the Author
Marcia Pelletiere is a poet, musician/composer, and interdisciplinary artist. Her most recent book is A Crown of Hornets, published by Four Way Books in 2019. Her first book, Miracle with Roasted Hens, was released in 2011, and she has also released a 2-CD set of her poems set to music by over 25 diverse musicians, Little Noises (Saf’lini Music, 2004). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ploughshares, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Amygdala, DMQ Review, Alaska Quarterly, Outsiders (anthology), and Milkweed, among others.
“Marcia Pelletiere’s astonishing new collection achieves a melding of form and content that is rare in our time. Working from autobiographical material, she has fashioned a poetic language that transmits both denotatively and metaphorically the peculiar linguistic and visual symptoms of traumatic brain injury. Endowed with a huge lexicon, and strengthened by a storehouse of dynamic syntax, Pelletiere’s poems shimmer and shine even as they break us apart with their masterful evocations of woundedness, and the poet’s determined search for wholeness after illness.” —Kate Daniels
“Marcia Pelletiere’s work is nothing short of miraculous. In this breathtaking collection, she portrays the sudden terrifying loss, and arduous regaining, of her sense of self. The rhythm and music of her poems are transformative; we experience them on a visceral level, as if the words were not merely written to be read, but to be etched directly into our bodies and minds.” —Helen Fremont