Something in the Potato Room by Heather Cousins


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First Book Award Winner 2009 selected by Patricia Smith

80 pages, 6 x 9″ paper, trade

Price: $14.95

ISBN 13: 978-1-888553-39-0

In the dark alcove of the potato room, the unexpected blooms. The surrealistic imagery in this strange little book takes the reader on an otherworldly descent where pores open like baby mouths, bones flower, and even the Real is eerily surrealized when the narrator confronts death in the mundane of the supermarket.

This poet’s forceful, startling syntax lends to the kind of Japanese-horror film aesthetic where things just “are:” unexamined, unexplained and we must simply accept them in all their dreadful wonder. The random fascination in antique medical apparati, a Foucauldian rigor, the occasional Absolute, combined with an unfussy flow of bare, vertebral prose and a bizarrely twisted narrative make for an engaging read.

Heather Cousins

Heather Cousins is the winner of the 2009 Kore Press First Book Award.  She received a a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 2001, an MA in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in 2002, and a PhD in Creative Writing, in Spring 2009 from the University of Georgia. She was a Finalist for The Yalobusha Review…

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