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The Fix
by Lisa Wells
University of Iowa Press, 2018
eISBN: 978-1-60938-548-4 | Paper: 978-1-60938-547-7
Library of Congress Classification PS3623.E4755A6 2018
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Proceeding from Hélène Cixous’s charge to “kill the false woman who is preventing the live one from breathing,” The Fix forges that woman’s reckoning with her violent past, with her sexuality, and with a future unmoored from the trappings of domestic life. These poems of lyric beauty and unflinching candor negotiate the terrain of contradictory desire—often to darkly comedic effect. In encounters with strangers in dive bars and on highway shoulders, and through ekphrastic engagement with visionaries like William Blake, José Clemente Orozco, and the Talking Heads, this book seeks the real beneath the dissembling surface. Here, nothing is fixed, but grace arrives by diving into the complicated past in order to find a way to live, now.


“Woman Seated with Thighs Apart” 


Often I am permitted to return to this kitchen 


tipsy, pinned to the fridge, to the precise 


instant the kiss smashed in. 


When the jaws of night are grinding 


and the double bed is half asleep 


the snore beside me syncs 


to the traffic light, pulsing red, ragged up 


in the linen curtain. 


I leak such solicitous sighs 


to asphalt, slicked with black ice, high beams speed 


over my body whole 


while the drugstore weeps its remedy 


in strident neon throbs— 


I doubt I’ll make it out. 


It’s a cold country. It’s the sting of quarantine. 


It’s my own two hands working 


deep inside the sheets. 



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