At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky by Bridget LoweAt the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky by Bridget Lowe

At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky

byBridget Lowe

Paperback | February 12, 2013

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Tell me, pleads the speaker in the opening lines of "Poem for Virginia in Ecstasy." Tell me all about it. That consuming curiosity is emblematic of this anticipated debut collection, which investigates, interrogates, and animates its subjects with a strong mix of empathy and imagination. Whether depicting The Wild Boy of Aveyron’s introduction to high society (a failed formal dinner arranged by his doctor), Nijinsky's autopsy (his feet are opened in search of a mechanism that would explain his genius), or the actress Sean Young's turn as Isadora Duncan in a Russian ballet (she is adored), these poems want to know more, to see beneath the costume to the essence of the individual. A measured polemic against quantifiable knowledge and scientific truth, At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky celebrates its subjects' differences—which is to say their genius—by laying them bare.
BRIDGET LOWE’s poems have appeared in The New Republic, American Poetry Review, Denver Quarterly, Parnassus, Best American Poetry, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Beloit College and earned her MFA in poetry at Syracuse University. Her honors include a "Discovery"/Boston Review Prize and the 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation ...
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Title:At the Autopsy of Vaslav NijinskyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 8.48 × 5.48 × 0.23 inPublished:February 12, 2013Publisher:Carnegie Mellon University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887485634

ISBN - 13:9780887485633

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Table of Contents

Poem for Virginia as Joan of Arc
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and Wife, Posing with Scientific Instruments Just Before He Is Beheaded
In My Study of Hysteria
The Wild Boy of Aveyron Stands Up During a Dinner Arranged by the Doctor
The Forgotten Actress as Contestant on Dancing with the Stars
The Forgotten Actress as Isadora Duncan in Russia
Pygmalion
Animal Facing Left, a Sketch of the Wild Boy of Aveyron
The Pilgrim Is Bridled and Bespectacled
At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky
Portrait of Young Suburban Male as the Wild Boy of Aveyron
State Line
Saint John in the Wilderness
Leitmotif
Vaslav Nijinsky in 1919
Anti-Pastoral
The Forgotten Actress Heckles an Important Man at an Awards Dinner in L.A.
First Key Moments in the Construction of the Master Narrative
The Gods Rush In Like Police
The Pilgrim Looks at the World from Above
The Nihilist Takes a Bow
The Doctor, Drunk, Gives the Wild Boy of Aveyron Advice on Women and Sex
Saint John in the Wilderness, ii
Whatever You Thought Your Body to Be
God Is a Mathematician and in My Dreams
Proof
Heaven
Eat Not the Heart, Neither the Brain
Achilles and Penthesilea
You Come Back to Me as This Feeling from Childhood
The Pilgrim on the Shore
Poem for Virginia in Ecstasy
Blue and Red Ink Picture by Nijinsky in the Asylum
Prayer
The Forgotten Actress Dressed as Catwoman Alone in Her Room
A Washerwoman’s Account, Aveyron, 1799
Her Plea: Immortality as It Was Promised Her
I Am a Receptionist Who Is Not Afraid of Death
Folk Song from the Region of Aveyron
How the Pilgrim was Transformed
Notes

Editorial Reviews

Contemplative and intimate, Bridget Lowe’s At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky is an uncommonly mature debut. Her poems conduct a forensic inquiry into ways to heal the rifts between mind and body, the traumatic wars between our animal and spiritual selves. With an artful integration of feeling and technique, she interweaves evidence drawn from her own experience and the lives of figures like The Wild Boy of Aveyron, a pilgrim, a forgotten actress, Nijinsky. These thwarted souls, reminiscent of Chekhovian characters mystified by their own erratic behavior and disappointments, are memorably etched. In her poems, Lowe interprets the tragic conundrums of life with empathy and analytic clarity. At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky is a waking dream filled with somber, beautiful images, and echoes, resonances, and leitmotifs that create a plaintive music the reader will return to again and again. - Herbert Leibowitz