- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Persea; 1 edition (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0892554789
- ISBN-13: 978-0892554782
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems 1st Edition
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"This is nothing less than a revelatory debut that reveals how to stitch something undeniably beautiful out of immense pain and solitude."--Ada Limòn
"What fury and furious restraint, what elemental honesty crackles in ths book's spare, strong, skilled lines. It is one of the most astonishing debuts I can remember."-- Beth Ann Fennelly
"Her poems imply whole novels and biographies and autobiographies--the ephemeral and etermal lifetimes of those who speak here."--Laura Kasischke
“Molly McCully Brown’s first book of poems, The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, is part history lesson, part séance, part ode to dread. It arrives as if clutching a spray of dead flowers. It is beautiful and devastating.”
- The New York Times
“Brown’s humbling and heartbreaking poems restore dignity to lives sacrificed in the name of perfection.”
- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“...[a] fierce and lyric debut...”
- Oxford American
“The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded is art, and purposeful and fantastic art at that... Brown deserves every praise that comes her way – the poetry is incredible, and the history that it reveals as painful as it is necessary to understand. ”
- The Blueshift Journal
About the Author
Molly McCully Brown is a graduate of Stanford University and Bard College at Simon's Rock. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Image, The Adroit Journal, TriQuarterly Online, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Currently, she is a John and Renée Grisham fellow at The University of Mississippi.
Top customer reviews
The ONLY part that I wish she'd left out was the drowning of a kitten. It was difficult enough to read about these people's lives (although some had such beautiful thoughts & visions). I do not think adding the drowning of kitten added to this poetry book. But other than that, the poet is a Genius.
Beautiful and thoughtful writing written with much empathy.