Madness by Sam Sax

Madness by Sam Sax

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These brave, formally dexterous poems examine antiquated diagnoses and procedures from hysteria to lobotomy; offer meditations on risky sex; and take up the poet's personal and family histories as mental health patients and practitioners.

Ultimately, Madness attempts to build a queer lineage out of inherited language and cultural artefacts; these poems trouble the static categories of sanity, heterosexuality, masculinity, normality, and health. Sax's innovative collection embodies the strange and disjunctive workings of the mind as it grapples to make sense of the world around it.

Paperback / 96 pages