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SEX DEPRESSION ANIMALS

Poems

Mag Gabbert

94 pp. 6 x 9

EXPECTED Pub Date: March, 2023

Subjects: Poetry

Series: The Journal Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize

Imprint: Mad Creek

Preorder Paperback $16.95   ISBN: 978-0-8142-5861-3

SEX DEPRESSION ANIMALS startles with its immediate power. Smart, open, funny, sad, brilliantly wounded, ferociously kind, and ultimately hopeful, Mag Gabbert announces herself as a new force in American poetry.” —Matthew Zapruder

“Mag Gabbert’s voice is a knockout. These poems transform sexual objectification into powerful, passionate erotic subjectivity, and we need that erotic joy. Dazzling.” —Brenda Shaughnessy

“Gabbert’s poems leap off the page, fueled by nerve, passion, dazzling research, and one grief after another. Need drives her to question what it means to be a human, and a powerful poetic gift keeps spinning its answers into scorching music ‘like so many / sunbursts on the tongue.’ I love this book.” —Timothy Donnelly

“The triumphs of SEX DEPRESSION ANIMALS are in language which renders desire, fury, pain, intimacy, and wonder as revolutionary spaces. Caged or uncaged, the poem is itself an animal, that ‘grief, without context,’ which brims with the wild beauty of defiance, of reconciliation, of agony that escapes, finally, into tenderness.” —Chelsea Dingman

In SEX DEPRESSION ANIMALS, Mag Gabbert redefines the bestiary in fiery, insistent, and resistant terms. These poems recast the traumas of her adolescence while charting new paths toward linguistic and bodily autonomy as an adult. Using dreamlike, shimmering imagery, she pieces together a fractured portrait of femininity—one that electrifies the confessional mode with its formal play and rich curiosity. Gabbert examines the origin of shame, the role of inheritance, and what counts as a myth, asking, “What’s the opposite of a man? / A woman? A wound? The devil’s image?”

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Mag Gabbert has received a Discovery Award from 92NY’s Unterberg Poetry Center and fellowships from the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop and Idyllwild Arts. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Paris Review Daily,Pleiades,Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Southern Methodist University.

Contents


I


Steam

Ship

Lake

Wedding

David

Blue

Toilet

Gun

Lace

Bathtub

Constellation

Gum

Pink


II


Crack

Sleep

Dark Matter

Tattoo

Anniversary

Bone

Death

Baby

Figment

Trick

Fever

June

America

Ghost


III


The Breakup

IV


Rat

Oyster

Pigeon

Egg

Cat

Bee

Girl

Bat

Rabbit

Rhinoceros

Dolphin

Orangutan

Goat


V


Recipe for Quiet Ferocity

 

Acknowledgments

Notes

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