Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In the Circus of You by Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross

New review over at Glint.





















Excerpt:
"The speaker of the poems is drawn to freaks because their oddity is on the outside, like, for example, the Camel Girl, the Rubber Boy, and the last of the split-tailed mermaids, among many others. The protagonist’s peculiarity, on the other hand, is internal and is looking for a way to express itself outwardly. It seems to me that what she is doing is trying to reclaim her identity in the way the freaks seem to have done. When discussing the Camel Girl, for example, she says, 'More than any, she holds me accountable for staring . . . no matter how I’ve been called an animal, I’ve never had to fight a camera for human recognition that I am of their kind.' Davis’s main character attempts throughout the collection to take ownership of herself, to lay claim to her body and her bones in the wake of the dissolution of her marriage to her childhood sweetheart."