Raisa Tolchinsky (Author)
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April 02, 2024
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"Physical torture, writes Elaine Scarry in The Body in Pain, 'is language-destroying.' Glass Jawtracks a young woman seeking a new voice through the gendered and punishing inferno of the boxing ring: 'Before the ring I made a life out of language / but there were places it would not reach-- / the ring needed no words, no stone / to crown me in concussion.' In poems as vulnerable and tensile as glass, Tolchinsky bravely frees the wired-shut jaw of abuse dividing "a body and the rest of its life."--Lisa Russ Spaar, author of "Madrigalia: New & Selected Poems"