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Cyborg Detective delivers a reckoning to the ableism of the Western Canon. In her latest poetry collection, Jillian Weise investigates and challenges the ways that nondisabled writers represent disability in their work. From an acerbic letter calling out William Carlos Williams’s medical conviction that “poetry heals” to a reverse-perspective biohack of Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” Cyborg Detective delivers a reckoning to the ableism of the Western Canon. In her latest poetry collection, Jillian Weise investigates and challenges the ways that nondisabled writers represent disability in their work. From an acerbic letter calling out William Carlos Williams’s medical conviction that “poetry heals” to a reverse-perspective biohack of Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” to a stark chronicle of violence against “disabled women” in international headlines, no metaphor for “blind moon” or “deaf skies” goes unquestioned. Part invective, part love poem, Cyborg Detective holds a magnifying glass to the fetishization and marginalization of disabled people, in particular women, while claiming space and pride for the people who already use technology and cybernetic implants to survive.


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Cyborg Detective delivers a reckoning to the ableism of the Western Canon. In her latest poetry collection, Jillian Weise investigates and challenges the ways that nondisabled writers represent disability in their work. From an acerbic letter calling out William Carlos Williams’s medical conviction that “poetry heals” to a reverse-perspective biohack of Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” Cyborg Detective delivers a reckoning to the ableism of the Western Canon. In her latest poetry collection, Jillian Weise investigates and challenges the ways that nondisabled writers represent disability in their work. From an acerbic letter calling out William Carlos Williams’s medical conviction that “poetry heals” to a reverse-perspective biohack of Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” to a stark chronicle of violence against “disabled women” in international headlines, no metaphor for “blind moon” or “deaf skies” goes unquestioned. Part invective, part love poem, Cyborg Detective holds a magnifying glass to the fetishization and marginalization of disabled people, in particular women, while claiming space and pride for the people who already use technology and cybernetic implants to survive.

45 review for Cyborg Detective

  1. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    An in-your-face, wickedly funny collection. I learned much reading these poems.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Do yourself a favor and read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Khadijah

    Fierce, funny, tender, layered—a brilliant intertwining of persona and the personal, both world-encompassing and interior. This book goes a long way toward creating a more accurate notion of what poetry can do in the world. Ignoring or erasing the lives and work and experiences of folks with disabilities, purposefully and intentionally as has been the prevailing social norm, gets called out raucously and beautifully in Cyborg Detective. Do the world and yourself a favor: read and share this book Fierce, funny, tender, layered—a brilliant intertwining of persona and the personal, both world-encompassing and interior. This book goes a long way toward creating a more accurate notion of what poetry can do in the world. Ignoring or erasing the lives and work and experiences of folks with disabilities, purposefully and intentionally as has been the prevailing social norm, gets called out raucously and beautifully in Cyborg Detective. Do the world and yourself a favor: read and share this book. PS—Make sure you read the notes section too!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Dancer

    I'm not literary enough get most of the references here, but I love Weise's style.

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    Poetry Daily

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