My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge
By Paul Guest
(Ecco Press, Paperback, 9780061685194, 81pp.)
Publication Date: April 2010
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My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge is a fierce and original collectionits generosity of voice and emotional range announce the arrival of a major new poet.
At the age of twelve, Paul Guest suffered a bicycle accident that left him paralyzed for life. But out of sudden disaster evolved a fierce poetic sensibilityone that blossomed into a refuge for all the grief, fury, and wonder at life forever altered. Although its legacy lies in tragedy, the voice of these brilliant poems cuts a broad swath of emotions: whether he is lamenting the potentiality of physical experience or imagining the electric temptations of sexuality, Guest offers us a worldview that is unshakable in its humanity.
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