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Let the House of Body Fall

Sara J. Grossman


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Employing Manhattan fire alarm dispatcher transcripts, 911 transcripts, and the language of postindustrial environments, Let the House of the Body Fall explores individual narratives of bodily trauma. Through this, many elements and themes are brought into play: figures of physically disabled bodies, infrastructural and environmental degradation, the way we name, order, and understand each of these elements through language. While Let the House of Body Fall addresses brokenness or incompleteness, it also addresses persistence and evolution—the persistence of the non-normative body, the evolution of postindustrial and chemical landscapes, as well as the existence of human life beyond carbon-economies.

New Issues Poetry and Prose, 9781936970551, 80pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

About the Author

SARA J. GROSSMAN’s writing has appeared in Guernica, Michigan Quarterly Review, Omniverse, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Rutgers University-Newark (MFA 2011), National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Smithsonian Institution. She is currently a visiting fellow at Pennsylvania State University.