- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Dorothy, a publishing project (October 1, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997366680
- ISBN-13: 978-0997366686
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Wild Milk is a narrative spell book; by reading it you're conjuring madcap mothers, lice infestation, changeling children, slow moving floods, embodied jokes, and the disintegration of lucid structure into the ordinary world. These spells read as poems within dreams that have been given skin and bones and made to speak. Sabrina Orah Mark writes from a place where the accumulation of time, history, bodies, earth, and ancestral memory have created a collapse from which spare yet feral imagery and language has built itself a new and marvelous world."--Jen George
"Two blurbs at play: One blurb exclaims, Sabrina Orah Mark has reinvented the short story. The second blurb checks its watch and chimes, It's time someone take stock of all this despair and turn our harrowing twenty-first century into a sublime affair! Wild Milk, the first blurb clears its silky throat, is a numinous journey into the theatrical landscape of family, where home is a charming wilderness and nurturing children are at the dangerous mercy of their feral parents. The second blurb topples a sturdy shelf and balances Wild Milk atop a ziggurat of Bruno Schultz, Grace Paley, Lydia Davis. A third blurb comes along all glossy and honey-lipped and reminds the first two blurbs of the sweetness and pleasure Mark's stories arouse. These stories cured all of my sadness. Suddenly, the blue bird of happiness sweeps down from the heavens and steals Wild Milk away from the first blurb (or maybe the second, I don't know, it's hard to keep track of all of these imaginary personified blurbs). Then all at once, all of the words still waiting to be written cast their gaze starward at a scream of sky and long to be lifted, carried and nested into the alluring shelter of Sabrina Orah Mark's ravishing fictions."--Amber Dermont
"The stories drift in the way of the best fairy tales--released from dependence on narrative sensibility to become both more odd and more true than any mere fiction...Stories in which laughter is sometimes the only response to sorrow, beauty is strange, and love is fierce and unending. A necessary book for our perilous age."--Kirkus Reviews, [starred review]
"Mark's collection is perplexingly captivating; she applies a poet's playful sensibilities to the fiction form and creates something astonishing and new."--Publisher's Weekly
"Maybe this is a collage of spells arranged by Andy Kaufman to conjure a strange forest into being, or a contemporary interpretation of Dada's joyous weirdness, or just a reincarnation of one of James Tate's later poem run amok. Whatever it is, Wild Milk is strange, unsettling, funny and brilliant collection that manages to be both profoundly weird and mundanely thoughtful at the same time."--Josh Cook, bookseller at Porter Square Books
"Sabrina Orah Mark is a writer of strangeness & tenderness & undeniable brilliance. I wanted to read this book aloud to everyone I've ever loved, & to fold it into a locket to keep close to my heart."--Elizabeth McCracken
"Essentially, this is a book about mothering. Existentially, this is a book about anxiety. Everything herein is a child--teeth, presidents, prayers, apricots, seahorses, jokes, snails...Calling these stories doesn't seem quite right--each comes alive in your hands, not like a child but like its cry."--Nick Flynn
About the Author
Sabrina Orah Mark has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Glenn Schaeffer Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of WILD MILK (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2018) as well as the poetry collections TSIM TSUM and THE BABIES, both from Saturnalia Books. Her poetry has appeared in many journals and in the anthologies, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century and The Best American Poetry 2007.
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I closed the book. I can’t stop thinking about that story. It’s like trying to decipher a dream; the imagery is so vivid and surreal.
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