THE go-to poetry person.
Recommended to me by bookstore regular, John Lesser, this historical account of Dr. Mutter of the famous Mutter’s Museum in Philadelphia, delves into the politics and sensational stories of some of the first ever cosmetic stories. Mutter was a character and fften Dr. Mutter’s Marvels feels more like fiction—surgeons fighting over technique and prestige, horrific physical abnormalities. Fascinating and gory and human and oddly fun to read.
Davis’ first poetry collection in ten years, The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems, is wildly different from her previous works. The book experiments with the role of the poet in the poems—absolutely transparent, revealing all of the mess underneath a poem’s creation. Refreshing in its lack of frill.