by Amanda Larson
Omnidawn, 2021
eISBN: 978-1-63243-140-0 | Paper: 978-1-63243-097-7
Library of Congress Classification PS3612.A77344G88 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

These poems follow the aftermath of and recovery from trauma.
Amanda Larson’s Gut begins with an epigraph from Frank O’Hara: “Pain always produces logic, which is very bad for you.” From there, Larson launches an unflinching interrogation of how a young woman maintains agency in the wake of trauma, violence, and desire. Larson spins a conversation between works of feminist theory—including the those of Cathy Caruth, Susan Bordo, Patricia Hill Collins, Anne Carson, Hélène Cixous, and bell hooks—and her own experiences. The book moves through Larson’s recovery while questioning the limits of the very term and of language as a whole. She employs a variety of different forms, including prose, Q&A poems, and a timeline, reflecting both the speaker’s obsession with control and her growing willingness to let it go. With a measured voice, Larson finds a path for how to move beyond logic during processes of trauma and recovery.

Gut won the Omnidawn 1st/2nd Book Contest, selected by Jericho Brown. 

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