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Number of Pages: 100
Publisher: Alice James Books
Book theme: General
Author: Shira Erlichman
Street Date: September 17, 2019
Item Number (DPCI): 247-47-4732
"Shira's poems transmit experience that nearly defies language, leaving the reader drenched with a new reading of the human: the effects of the mind's rupture, the enigma of the body's messages, the terror of one's own infinitely ingenious yet alien logic. The voice of these pages comments wryly on others' wary, frightened reactions that increase anguish in the name of helping. The poems trace encounters with mental illness that could not be encompassed by anything but Shira's honed and startling language and her visual accompaniment of images, each page burnished into a glittering object." --Annie G. Rogers, Ph.D., Author of A Shining Affliction, The Unsayable, and Incandescent Alphabets "Odes to Lithium is a remarkable book: it is beautiful, deeply perceptive, haunting, and original. It is wonderful." --Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind and Pulitzer Finalist, Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire "Oh, Radiance. Survival and Surviving Field. How rare, an Eye like this, so able to access its marrow language--original, honest, dear, strange. These poems document and enact processes of finding a language imaginative and struggling enough to carry one's life. Moving us through imagistic splay and shift, the line is Erlichman's measure: 'I know what the sea knows / with the bottom of its mind / unfathomed.' These poems, I think, are little 'sight'-engines--miraculous, fevered, whirring things. I'm astonished by breath and lasting at all. I 'pull a flower / from her skull / & weave it into mine.' I love her way, her mind." --Aracelis Girmay
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