"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."