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The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems (Paperback)
In this heartbreaking and harrowing collection, the reader is placed within the walls of an institution that opened in 1910, its practices becoming linked with the eugenics movement in America. The imagined presence of the Colony's former inmates and staff haunts this work. Eloquently restrained, the poems are marked by compassion for the countless women who underwent sterilizations without their knowledge. This masterfully composed volume possesses a chilling, incantatory beauty.— From John
Haunted by the voices of those committed to the notorious Virginia State Colony, epicenter of the American eugenics movement in the first half of the twentieth century, this evocative debut marks the emergence of a poet of exceptional poise and compassion, who grew up in the shadow of the Colony itself.