Sam Sax

An "astounding" (Terrance Hayes) debut collection of poems – Winner of the 2016 National Poetry Series Competition

In this ­­­powerful debut collection, sam sax explores and explodes the linkages between desire, addiction, and the history of mental health. 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 artifacts; 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.

Title Madness
Subtitle Poems
Author Sam Sax
Publisher Penguin Books
Title First Published 12 September 2017
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 96 p.
ISBN-10 0143131702
ISBN-13 9780143131700
Publication Date 12 September 2017
Main content page count 96
Weight 16 oz.