An Individual History: Poems

An Individual History: Poems

Michael Collier


An person History describes the fears, anger, and guilt—personal, familial, societal, political, and historical—that include a lifestyles. The determine of the speaker’s maternal grandmother who used to be institutionalized for 5 many years serves as an overriding metaphor for this haunting, daring new paintings through a necessary American poet.

from “An person History

This used to be ahead of the time of lithium and Zoloft

before temper stabilizers and anxiolytics

and just about all the psychotropic medicinal drugs, yet no longer before

    thorazine,

which the suicide O’Laughlin known as “handcuffs for the

   mind.”

It was once earlier than, in the course of, and after the time of atomic

   fallout,

Auschwitz, the Nakba, DDT, and also you may take water

    cures,

find solace in quarantines, perform shunnings,

or stand at Lourdes one of the canes and crutches.

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