Blood Work

Paperback | March 12, 2015

byMatthew Siegel

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Blood Work reveals what happens to the self when the body is compromised by illness. These poems explore the struggle to remain whole in the shadow of Crohn’s disease and to make a home for oneself in the body and in the world.

Finalist, Poetry, Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards

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Blood Work reveals what happens to the self when the body is compromised by illness. These poems explore the struggle to remain whole in the shadow of Crohn’s disease and to make a home for oneself in the body and in the world. Finalist, Poetry, Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards

Matthew Siegel was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. He teaches literature and creative writing at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. 

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.3 inPublished:March 12, 2015Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299304043

ISBN - 13:9780299304041

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Table of Contents

I
“fox goes to the fox hospital”
Blood Work
At the community acupuncture clinic
[Sometimes I don’t know if I’m having a feeling]
[And sometimes I know I’m having a feeling]
[The boy with the blackbird stitched over his heart is sad]
The electric body
 
II
At the edge of the field
[The heart is a dumbwaiter]
[My pills doze until I wake them]
The Heater Repair-Woman
Such Is the Sickness
What I Fail to Mention
At the Vietnamese Massage Parlor
Mother puts on my lipstick
On the way to the airport I fail to tell my father I left some meat in the refrigerator
 
III
[What world are you in, Mother, when you sleep]
Weather of the Body
Life Guarding
Faster
In the Dentist’s Chair
Soap
Mother washes me in the tub
Matthew you’re leaving again so soon
 
IV
Watching Christmas Trees Burn, Ocean Beach
For Bryan, 13, who sleeps through Li-Young Lee
The Girl Downstairs Is Crying
At the Farmers’ Market
Love Parade
By the Flowers at the Supermarket
With my face buried in supermarket flowers I spent the entire evening
[It’s true what you’ve heard about my mouth.]
Overlooking the City
 
V
[And because the want is the size of a building]
Living with You
In the bathroom
[He’s looking for answers he’s looking for the rough dark]
[In the kitchen Mom stands with her back to me]
[He’s become too large for his childhood bed]
Mother Drives Me in the Rain
Rain

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“Explores how the inner self is affected by Crohn’s disease. . . . Poetry fan or not, this collection is not to be missed.”—Los Angeles Magazine