An Individual History: Poems

An Individual History: Poems

Michael Collier

Language: English

Pages: 24

ISBN: 0393350312

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An Individual History describes the fears, anger, and guilt—personal, familial, societal, political, and historical—that comprise a life. The figure of the speaker’s maternal grandmother who was institutionalized for five decades serves as an overriding metaphor for this haunting, bold new work by an essential American poet.

from “An Individual History

This was before the time of lithium and Zoloft

before mood stabilizers and anxiolytics

and almost all the psychotropic drugs, but not before


which the suicide O’Laughlin called “handcuffs for the


It was before, during, and after the time of atomic


Auschwitz, the Nakba, DDT, and you could take water


find solace in quarantines, participate in shunnings,

or stand at Lourdes among the canes and crutches.





















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