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Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. BLOOD BOX, the deliciously haunting debut short collection from poet Zefyr Lisowski, takes us inside the infamous 1892 axe murders of Abby and Andrew Borden through twenty-six wide-ranging, stylistically experimental persona poems. Lisowski re-introduces us to mythologized spinster Lizzie Borden as we've never seen her before: a girl wielding an Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. BLOOD BOX, the deliciously haunting debut short collection from poet Zefyr Lisowski, takes us inside the infamous 1892 axe murders of Abby and Andrew Borden through twenty-six wide-ranging, stylistically experimental persona poems. Lisowski re-introduces us to mythologized spinster Lizzie Borden as we've never seen her before: a girl wielding an axe, yes, but also a girl trapped--in the boxes of age, of hunger, of loneliness, of blame. Lizzie, who was acquitted of the double murder of her father and stepmother, yet continues to haunt our cultural psyche over a hundred years later. Even now, "Violence dances with us like ghosts." In these pages, the notorious crime and its cast of characters serve as a jumping-off point for a textured exploration of inherited violence, queer intimacy, and the way family can be "another geometry, another violence too." BLOOD BOX is Lizzie's story, but it's also the story of grief, of selfhood, of trans and queer becoming. Lisowski's Lizzie Borden is as sweet, sad, spooky, and haunted as a girl with an axe ever can be.


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Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. BLOOD BOX, the deliciously haunting debut short collection from poet Zefyr Lisowski, takes us inside the infamous 1892 axe murders of Abby and Andrew Borden through twenty-six wide-ranging, stylistically experimental persona poems. Lisowski re-introduces us to mythologized spinster Lizzie Borden as we've never seen her before: a girl wielding an Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. BLOOD BOX, the deliciously haunting debut short collection from poet Zefyr Lisowski, takes us inside the infamous 1892 axe murders of Abby and Andrew Borden through twenty-six wide-ranging, stylistically experimental persona poems. Lisowski re-introduces us to mythologized spinster Lizzie Borden as we've never seen her before: a girl wielding an axe, yes, but also a girl trapped--in the boxes of age, of hunger, of loneliness, of blame. Lizzie, who was acquitted of the double murder of her father and stepmother, yet continues to haunt our cultural psyche over a hundred years later. Even now, "Violence dances with us like ghosts." In these pages, the notorious crime and its cast of characters serve as a jumping-off point for a textured exploration of inherited violence, queer intimacy, and the way family can be "another geometry, another violence too." BLOOD BOX is Lizzie's story, but it's also the story of grief, of selfhood, of trans and queer becoming. Lisowski's Lizzie Borden is as sweet, sad, spooky, and haunted as a girl with an axe ever can be.

32 review for Blood Box

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    "Not guilty" holds meanings in its skin too, and I am deeply acquainted with all of them . . . Blood Box is a magnificent and mesmerizing collection of poems based on the sad tale of Lizzie Borden, and the incident that occurred one miserable day in early August of 1892. We hear from Lizzie, her sister Emma, Bridget, the maid, and Lizzie's poor doomed step-mother, Abby. We feel the sweltering heat, sense the claustrophobia of those tight, boxy rooms, and smell the line-dried sheets being spread "Not guilty" holds meanings in its skin too, and I am deeply acquainted with all of them . . . Blood Box is a magnificent and mesmerizing collection of poems based on the sad tale of Lizzie Borden, and the incident that occurred one miserable day in early August of 1892. We hear from Lizzie, her sister Emma, Bridget, the maid, and Lizzie's poor doomed step-mother, Abby. We feel the sweltering heat, sense the claustrophobia of those tight, boxy rooms, and smell the line-dried sheets being spread onto the guest bed. Whether you believe in Lizzie's guilt or innocence, you will be enthralled by these voices. Do you know the worst part of an act. Its regret. I normally read poetry a few pages at a time, but this short book begs to be read in one sitting. Do you see it? Kindness flocking like birds? I'm talking about a forgiveness so close to touching you, you can taste it --- I put it down, and sighed. Then I reached for it again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I never wanted it to end and had to be sure to save it for myself to make sure it lasted as long as possible. Incredible collection.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

  4. 4 out of 5

    Black Lawrence Press

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    V

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    Jesse Rice-Evans

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    Spencer

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    Cadi Thomas

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    Jeb Haley

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    Crystal

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    Lily

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    Nancy

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    Barbara Wilson

  14. 4 out of 5

    Poetry Daily

  15. 4 out of 5

    〰️Beth〰️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susan Finck

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark Heathcote

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marcy Rae Henry

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    Jenny

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    Erik

  21. 5 out of 5

    Akpuogwu Michael

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    Laura Knickelbine

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    Saunders

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    Paul Bisagni

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    Karen

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    Ellie Botoman

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    Nour

  28. 5 out of 5

    AliceGoldstein

  29. 4 out of 5

    jada

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    Kacey

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    Jennifer

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    Allie

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