Sex Depression Animals: Poems

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Mad Creek Books
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5.91 X 8.82 X 0.39 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author
Mag Gabbert has received a Discovery Award from 92NY's Unterberg Poetry Center and fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and Idyllwild Arts. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Paris Review Daily, Pleiades, Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Southern Methodist University.
"Sex Depression Animals, Mag Gabbert's first book, tells two origin stories. One is about Gabbert: her childhood firsts, adolescent middles, and every ingredient in her 'Recipe for Quiet Ferocity.' The other is about language, Gabbert's unruly medium, each word aswarm with connotations and near-synonyms....Gabbert's intertwined narratives give nothing precedence, lending equal credence to favorite poets' best lines and the so-called lower senses--taste, touch, and smell. Her distinctive emotional hues are not primary colors but gradients and swirlings--proud masochism, inappropriate laughter, unplaceable heat." --Christopher Spaide, Harriet Books/The Poetry Foundation
"This bewitching debut delivers everything the title promises and more. Lyrical and provocative, Gabbert's poems get right up close to the body ... Underneath the strange allure of Sex Depression Animals is a fierce rejection of patriarchal structures, a reclamation of bodily autonomy and sexual power." --Diana Whitney, Electric Literature
​​"SEX DEPRESSION ANIMALS startles with its immediate power. Smart, open, funny, sad, brilliantly wounded, ferociously kind, and ultimately hopeful, Mag Gabbert announces herself as a new force in American poetry." --Matthew Zapruder
​​"Mag Gabbert's voice is a knockout. These poems transform sexual objectification into powerful, passionate erotic subjectivity, and we need that erotic joy. Dazzling." --Brenda Shaughnessy
​​"Gabbert's poems leap off the page, fueled by nerve, passion, dazzling research, and one grief after another. Need drives her to question what it means to be a human, and a powerful poetic gift keeps spinning its answers into scorching music 'like so many / sunbursts on the tongue.' I love this book." --Timothy Donnelly
​​"The triumphs of SEX DEPRESSION ANIMALS are in language which renders desire, fury, pain, intimacy, and wonder as revolutionary spaces. Caged or uncaged, the poem is itself an animal, that 'grief, without context, ' which brims with the wild beauty of defiance, of reconciliation, of agony that escapes, finally, into tenderness." --Chelsea Dingman