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The Resurrection Trade

Leslie Adrienne Miller
"The resurrection trade" refers to the business end of trafficking in corpses and body parts. It is an old trade, one that makes possible the art of anatomy and, as poet Leslie Adrienne Miller discovers, the art of her own book. Miller delves into the mysteries of early modern anatomical studies and mezzotint illustrations and finds there stories of women's lives—sometimes tragic, sometimes comic—as exposed as the medical drawings themselves. These meticulously researched and rendered poems become powerful testimonies to women's bodies objectified and misunderstood throughout history. Miller's sensuous and harrowing fifth collection brings a new truth to what she calls in one poem "the strange collusion of imaginary science and real art."


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Poet Leslie Adrienne Miller's brilliant and provocative exploration of anatomical texts and historical assumptions about the body

About the Author

Leslie Adrienne Miller
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Leslie Adrienne Miller is the author of six collections of poetry, including Y, The Resurrection Trade, and Eat Quite Everything You See. She teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  • “Miller shows us how every body both reveals and conceals its secrets.”—Booklist
  • “Intrinsically enjoyable, as well as socially and emotionally resonant.”—Genevieve Kaplan, American Book Review
  • “This is an unusually interesting collection, finely tuned on both its human and conceptual levels, the work of an accomplished poet.”Stan Sanvel Rubin, Water-Stone Review
  • “Miller’s sensuous and harrowing verse brings a new truth to what she calls in one poem ‘the strange collusion of imaginary science and real art.’”—Pulse
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