The Book of the Breast – Dana Littlepage Smith
“This sequence takes the challenging subject of breast cancer, and, while regarding it with the appropriate seriousness, also treats it with an inventiveness and wit that asks telling questions about the cultural meanings that breasts have acquired, as in ‘My Breasts and I Consider Elizabeth 1’ which deploys early modern language to suggest the longevity of the concerns which these poems raise, the ‘Sweet mutability’ to which bodily existence is subject. ”
Assured, intelligent and engaging, this is important writing leavened with innovation and wit.
Dana Littlepage Smith is the author of three collections of poetry, the first published by Louisiana University Press and two with Cinnamon Press, Black Elk Dances for Queen Victoria and The Skin of Mercy. Widely anthologized and published in small press magazines, Dana lives in Devon.