Winner of the 2006 Autumn House Press Poetry Contest, selected by Tim Seibles, Nancy Pagh delivers a debut collection that evaluates desire through the lens of obesity and body consciousness. A smart and darkly humored debut.
These poems take an elaborate look at the persistent complication of desire through the lens of obesity and body consciousness. At times the language is poignantly raw, at other moments tender, understated, then humorous to get at the diffuse agonies that might, otherwise, be lost to silence.
— Tim Seibles
Like Walt Whitman, the bard she often resurrects in her work, Nancy Pagh comes at you straight from the heart, no holds barred, pure energy and emotion and exuberance barely contained. From her darkly funny “fat lady” poems, to her keen renderings of love anticipated and altered, through her willingness to kneel eye-to-eye with death, her honesty and wit compel and convince us that poetry happens everywhere: in the bathtub, at the doctor’s office, on the treadmill at the gym, and we come away from these poems viewing the world a little differently with, in her words, “the articulated brilliance/that comes/after pulling away/the abalone’s meat.” You will simply love these poems.
– Brenda Miller