9781619028470

An Arrangement of Skin Essays

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  • ISBN13:

    9781619028470

  • ISBN10:

    1619028476

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-03-14
  • Publisher: Counterpoint

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Summary

Anna Journey’s lyrical and layered arrangement of essays dazzles us with her reflections on our shifting selves—the many “skins” we inhabit in a life. An Arrangement of Skin is by turns beguiling, dark, carnal, and deeply personal. Journey revels in the flexibility and hybridity of the essay form, enriching her idiosyncratic anecdotes with literary and cultural meditations and electrifying the work with a poet’s keen ear and canny eye.

These essays swerve artfully among topics—a recollection of a personal rupture and ensuing call to a suicide hotline opens into a consideration of taxidermy and lyric time; a mother’s penchant for telling macabre stories at the dinner table connects to campfire songs and the cultural importance of American roots music; and a tattoo artist named after a pirate-themed rum reminds us how we inscribe our skins and spirits through the intimate gestures of ink. This is a first collection from an essayist of the highest order.

Author Biography

Anna Journey is the author of If Birds Gather Your Hair For Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009) and Vulgar Remedies(LSU Press, 2013). Her poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Blackbird, FIELD, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, and Tin House, and her essays have been featured in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Catapult, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, and Utne Reader. She lives in Venice, California with her husband, poet David St. John, and teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Southern California.

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