A single poem in six sections, _____ Versus Recovery chronicles a woman's committal to a psychiatric ward and subsequent spiraling of memory, as she struggles to break with the world of addiction and grasp rehabilitation. Released from Pilot Books in 2007, this chapbook was handmade in a limited edition of 200, with design, typesetting and assembly by Betsy Wheeler.
Shaped like a brain shaped like a moth
world crashing in heat. pregnant
girl sits dumb in a dirty red
leather armchair on a caving porch
upstairs, someone's begging for it
a pregnant dumb world
upstairs, they say she's begging for it
a dirty red heat
upstairs, nobody's crashing. a listening,
a caving in
( a brain a moth )
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